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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 24 No. 2 Prescribing in pregnancy (1)

2 July, 2018

Prescribing in pregnancy (1)

  • During pregnancy, up to 90% of women take medicines
  • The risks and benefits of treatment must be carefully considered before prescribing in pregnancy, especially in the first trimester
  • Inadequate pharmacological treatment of a condition may cause harm to the mother and fetus
  • Pre-conception advice on the avoidance of teratogenic medicines, the use of folic acid and the need to update vaccinations is important
  • The dose and appropriateness of medicines should be reviewed in women on long-term medications who become pregnant