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Pregnancy and Before

Drugs and Pregnancy

It is important to talk to the doctor, midwife, nurse practitioner or pharmacist before taking any drug during pregnancy, whether it is a prescription drug, over-the-counter drug, herbal preparation, supplement or street drug. There are many drugs that are safe to use during pregnancy. However, some drugs do pose a risk therefore it is important to understand the benefits and risks. The effects are different for each drug.  Some drugs can easily go across the placenta to the baby. Some drugs can affect the blood flow to the baby. Some drugs can hurt your baby by causing premature birthbirth defects, and other health risks.

For more information if you are pregnant and using opioids, review: Pregnancy and Opioids (PDF 80.9KB)

Help and Support:

If you are pregnant and have questions about using a prescription drug, over-the-counter drug, herbal preparation, supplement or street drug, talk to your health care provider.

You can also make a confidential call to:

Motherisk Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline 1-877-327-4636

Connex Ontario 1-866-531-2600

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