Jane Brody mentions my new book, Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby, in her New York Times column this week. In her article, Too Many Pills in Pregnancy, Brody quotes Dr. Siobhan Dolan about the safety of medications during pregnancy.
“While many commonly taken medications are considered safe for unborn babies, the Food and Drug Administration estimates that 10 percent or more of birth defects result from medications taken during pregnancy,” Brody writes. She goes on to quote Siobhan:
Dr. Dolan, who is author, with Alice Lesch Kelly, of the March of Dimes’ newest book, Healthy Mom Healthy Baby, emphasized the importance of weighing benefits and risks in deciding whether to take medication during pregnancy and which drugs to take.
Women should check with their doctors before taking any medication during pregnancy. In her article, Brody writes, “Among medications a woman should be certain to avoid, in some cases starting three months before becoming pregnant, are isotretinoin (Accutane and others) for acne; valproic acid for seizure disorders; lithium for bipolar disorder; tetracycline for infections, and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor antagonists for hypertension, Dr. Dolan said.”