Safe prescribing practices in pregnancy and lactation

Wendy F. Hansen, Anne E. Peacock, Jerome Yankowitz

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Midwives and other health care providers face a dilemma when a pregnant woman develops a condition that usually is treated with a pharmacologic agent. Understanding of basic teratology associated with drugs as well as the FDA categorization of agents can assist professionals in recognizing which pharmaceuticals should be used or avoided. In addition to reviewing teratology, this article addresses the use of common drugs for the treatment of upper respiratory conditions, minor pain, gastrointestinal problems, psychiatric illnesses, and neurologic disorders. In each category, current evidence is presented pertaining to which agents should be recommended for pregnant women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-421
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 12 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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