On principle, unnecessary medication is avoided during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester because organogenesis is taking place. [Read: First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms]
Drugs are categorized according to their safety profile during various trimesters of pregnancy.
“A” Category Drugs have been found to be safe during pregnancy, even in the first trimester.
Example: Vitamin B6, Folic Acid & Thyroid medication
“B” Category Drugs have been used frequently without causing damage or side effects
“C” Category Drugs to be used only if necessary
Drugs to be avoided are:
“D” Category Drugs may affect the fetus
“X” Category Drugs cause birth defects
The contributor, Dr. Loveleena Nadir is Sr. Consultant, Obs & Gynae at Fortis La Femme.
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