During pregnancy, medications taken by the pregnant woman can cross the placenta and enter the developing baby's bloodstream. A medicine's effect on the unborn baby depends on the medication and the trimester in which the medicine is taken.
What Is Safe?
So how do you know which drugs are safest to you and your baby-to-be? The Food and Drug Administration ranks the following as the least harmful classes of drugs during pregnancy:
Most pregnant women know that it's wise to avoid taking medications during pregnancy, yet sometimes prescription drug use is warranted even for those who are expecting. Always consult your doctor about taking any medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter.
The following overview will give you more information on what medications physicians generally recommend for their pregnant patients.