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Over-the-counter medications during pregnancy

Of course, nothing is 100 percent safe for all women, so it's a good idea to check with your doctor or midwife before taking any kind of medicine during pregnancy – even an over-the-counter product. Don't take more than the recommended dose and, if possible, avoid taking anything during your first trimester, when your developing baby is most vulnerable.

NOTE: If you have a question about the safety of any medication during pregnancy, visit the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists Web Site. There you'll find fact sheets on various drugs and exposures that can affect your baby as well as a list of teratogen information services that you can contact. A teratogen is anything in the environment – a chemical or substance like radiation, for example – that can cause a birth defect.)

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