- Published on Friday, 16 March 2012 19:25
- Written by babycenter.com
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't deemed any sleeping medications completely safe for pregnant women.
Several medications, including Benadryl (found in many over-the-counter sleep aids) and Ambien, are classified as Class B medications, which means they're presumed safe for pregnant women based on animal studies, but no well-controlled human studies are available. Other sleeping pills, including Sonata, Lunesta, and Rozerem, are considered Class C medications. These are drugs whose safety is uncertain; animal studies with them have shown some question of risk to the fetus.
No sleeping pills are classified as Class A medications — those in which controlled human studies have demonstrated no risk to an unborn baby. Therefore, sleeping pills are not a good solution to help you sleep at night when you are pregnant.