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Good Medicine Can Be Bad for Baby Podcast

Get insight from an expert! Hear why it is important to talk with a healthcare professional about the medicines you take during pregnancy.


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Opioid Medication Prescribing to Women of Reproductive Ageexternal icon

A 2015 study found that during 2008–2012, on average, 3 in 10 women aged 15-44 years with private health insurance and 4 in 10 women with Medicaid filled a prescription for an opioid medicine (used to treat pain).

Watch Dr. Jennifer Lind, a CDC pharmacist, talk about a study that examined outpatient prescriptions filled for opioid medicines from a group of reproductive-aged women with public or private insurance in the United States.

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Medication Use in Pregnancyexternal icon

About 9 in 10 women take at least one medicine during pregnancy, and 7 in 10 take at least one prescription medicine.

Watch Dr. Cheryl Broussard, a health scientist at CDC, talk about the effects of taking medicine during pregnancy, which may include birth defects, pregnancy loss, prematurity, infant death, or developmental disabilities.

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Are you pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant? Talk to your healthcare providers before starting or stopping any medicines. Be sure to discuss the following:

  1. All medicines you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, herbal and dietary supplements, and vitamins;
  2. Best ways to keep any health conditions you have under control; and
  3. Your personal goals and preferences for the health of you and your baby
Page last reviewed: July 31, 2020