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Doctor insights on: Why Is Melatonin Bad For Pregnant Women

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Can a pregnant woman take melatonin supplament to help with sleep?

Can a pregnant woman take melatonin supplament to help with sleep?

Yes: Melatonin is a hormone that is produced naturally by the pineal gland in the back of the brain. It is produced when night falls and is related to circadian (about 24 hours) rhythm. If you are not producing the natural melatonin, the pills are not as good. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can taking melatonin be ok if pregnant?

Can taking melatonin be ok if pregnant?

Not recommended: Melatonin is not categorized by the fda and so currently has no such listing, but studies have shown that high level of melatonin during pregnancy may increase of developmental disorders. As a result, it is not advisable to take during pregnancy. If you have much problems with insomnia, please consult doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am pregnant. My question is will my melatonin at bedtime hurt my baby?

Not likely: I am unaware of any negative effect on the fetus from maternal use of melatonin. Use it in moderation. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe to take during pregnancy?

No!: Melatonin supplementation should be avoided in women who are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant, based on possible hormonal effects. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin while pregnant?

Is it safe to take melatonin while pregnant?

Not considered safe: Authorities widely caution against it saying it "may increase risk of developmental disorders." no one knows for sure becuase no one gives meds to pregnant women to see what happens but it is best to not take any chances. Homeopathic remedies, relaxation techniques and the Amino Acid glycine are safe alternatives. See http://www.Wisegeek.Com/is-it-safe-to-take-melatonin-in-pregnancy.Htm#. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take a 1mg of melatonin while 5 weeks pregnant?

Is it possible for me to take a 1mg of melatonin while 5 weeks pregnant?

Safe: Low oral doses of melatonin (.5-1 mg) taken at bedtime for sleep in general are as safe as any other nutritional supplement you might take during pregnancy. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain which has numerous functions, but is most well-known for its sleep-inducing properties. Also consider vitamin b6 (unisom), or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25-50mg at bedtime for sleep. ...Read more

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I am almost 30 week pregnant can I take melatonin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

I am almost 30 week pregnant can I take melatonin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) together?

Possibly no: Although Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin are ordinarily safe to take together, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is usually safe to take during pregnancy, melatonin is probably not. Melatonin is a natural hormone and the effects of the larger amounts found in supplements on the developing baby is unknown. Discuss the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with you obstetrician. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe to take during pregnancy? if not, are there any sleep aids that are safe?

Melatonin: Unless you really need it I would not recommend Melatonin during your pregnancy. That said, a phone call to your obstetrician will clarify this for you. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Melatonin (Definition)

Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more