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How can medications affect a fetus?
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Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Depends
Every medication is different.
...Some are safe with no harmful effects, while others can be extremely harmful to a fetus. Contact your provider to make sure you are on appropriate meds. Don't stop anything you routinely take for medical conditions without first discussing with your provider. Doing so can sometimes cause dangerous situations for you or your baby.

In brief: Depends
Every medication is different.
...Some are safe with no harmful effects, while others can be extremely harmful to a fetus. Contact your provider to make sure you are on appropriate meds. Don't stop anything you routinely take for medical conditions without first discussing with your provider. Doing so can sometimes cause dangerous situations for you or your baby.
Dr. Caren Reaves
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: See below
Medications can cross the placenta.
This means that medications, drugs and alcohol that the mother is exposed to can also affect the growing baby. In the extreme this can be seen in babies who are born addicted to narcotics, or those who are affected by the other's ingestion of alcohol during pregnancy.

In brief: See below
Medications can cross the placenta.
This means that medications, drugs and alcohol that the mother is exposed to can also affect the growing baby. In the extreme this can be seen in babies who are born addicted to narcotics, or those who are affected by the other's ingestion of alcohol during pregnancy.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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