Safer Medication Use in Pregnancy
9 out of 10 women in the United States take a medication during pregnancy.
This figure shows 10 women, one of which is highlighted in gray, to show that 9 out of 10 women in the United States take a medication during pregnancy.
5.4 million pregnancies are exposed to medications each year.
This figure shows the silhouette of a pregnant woman with a word cloud coming from her mouth that reads, “Is this medication safe for me and my baby?”
Women and healthcare providers don’t have enough information to make informed decisions.
Fewer than 10% of medications have enough information to determine fetal risks.
Some women need to take medication during pregnancy.
This figure shows the silhouette of a doctor with a balance scale above his head to show that doctors have to weigh the potential for fetal risk caused by certain medications with a woman’s need to take medication during pregnancy.
Medication can be harmful
CDC and Partners are Working Towards Safer Medication Use in Pregnancy Through
This figure lists 3 different ways how CDC and partners are working towards safer medication use in pregnancy:
- Better research
- Reliable guidance
- Informed decisions