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Medications in pregnancy

It is important to remember that taking medications while pregnant can affect your baby. If you need to take any medication while pregnant, you should first consult your general practice team, midwife or pharmacist.

If you are already on medication for a health condition, do not stop it until you have discussed this with your GP. If you have a long-term health condition that requires you to take medication, you should discuss this with your GP or specialist before becoming pregnant. This will allow for adjustments to be made if necessary.

Pain relief

Paracetamol is safe to take during pregnancy. The adult dose of paracetamol is 1 g (two 500 mg tablets) up to four times daily. You should not take ibuprofen/Nurofen during pregnancy. Always ask your pharmacist or GP if you are not sure.

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