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Providing Better Information to Women and Healthcare Providers

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What is the Problem?

In the United States, 9 in 10 women take medicine during pregnancy, but not all medicines are safe to take during pregnancy. Some medicines may cause birth defects, pregnancy loss, prematurity, infant death, or developmental disabilities.

Almost every pregnant woman will face a decision about taking medicine before and during pregnancy. Women and their doctors should discuss the best treatment options together.
Illustration of women and health care providers asking questions about medication use during pregnancy

What is CDC Doing to Help?

Treating for Two is CDC’s prescription for this problem. CDC is committed to working with its partners and the public to understand and communicate the safety of medicines used to treat common conditions before, during, and after pregnancy. Our mission is to provide evidence-based guidance on safer medication use during pregnancy and provide products to support shared decision making among women and healthcare professionals.

Our Resources

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Learn the Basics

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Learn why medicine matters in pregnancy and access guidance on how to manage health conditions in pregnancy.

Find the Latest Research

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Find key research findings by health condition and learn how CDC studies medicine use in pregnancy.

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For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/treatingfortwo

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