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The Complete Guide to Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Everything You Need to Know to Make the Best Choices for You and Your Baby

Carl P. Weiner, M.D., and Kate Rope

St. Martin's Griffin

From a renowned obstetrician and expert in maternal-fetal medicine comes the only comprehensive pharmaceutical guide available to help you make informed decisions while pregnant and nursing

Sometimes even physicians disagree or appear confused about what medications are appropriate choices for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Tylenol? Ambien? Sudafed? A prescription medication for a chronic condition? How much is OK and when? Incomplete or misinformation, an out-dated FDA classification system, and fear all stand in the way. Which means taking care of your health during this important time of your life can feel scarier than it should.The Complete Guide to Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding cuts through the confusion so that you can feel good about taking care of yourself and your baby. This essential reference combines authority and empathy with an A-to-Z directory of more than six hundred drugs to help you make the best possible decisions for you and your baby.

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How Medications Work in Pregnancy and Breast-feeding
 
 
To understand how a medication may affect you or your developing or breast-feeding baby, it’s important to understand how pregnancy changes your body, how an embryo and a fetus develop, how substances can cause birth defects or other medical problems, and how medications can or cannot pass into breast milk and affect a breast-feeding baby.
HOW PREGNANCY CHANGES YOU AND YOUR RESPONSE TO DRUGS
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through physiological adaptations that alter how medications are absorbed,
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Praise for The Complete Guide to Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

"Some drugs are harmless to fetuses and babies, but others can wreak havoc. That's why pregnant and breastfeeding moms will gain insight - and great peace of mind - from the careful research and clear guidance Dr. Weiner offers in this superb book."  --Harvey Karp, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, USC School of Medicine

“In this much-needed and comprehensive directory, physician Weiner and health reporter Rope give expectant mothers and their health care providers a solid tool for knowing if, when, which, and how much medication is safe during pregnancy and while nursing . . . this should be the go-to reference in all libraries for medication use during pregnancy. A critical purchase.” –Library Journal, starred review

“This comprehensive resource will help empower pregnant and breastfeeding women facing medication decisions, allowing them to make informed choices.” –Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Carl P. Weiner, M.D., and Kate Rope

  • Carl P. Weiner, M.D., is the KE Krantz Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and adjunct professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is the principle author Drugs for Pregnant and Lactating Women. Dr. Weiner is associate director of the Institute for Reproductive Health and Regenerative Medicine and director of the Center for the Developmental Origins of Adult Health and Disease and directs the KU Women's Reproductive Health Research Scholars Program.

     

    Kate Rope is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting and editing for more than fifteen years, with an expertise in health, pregnancy, and parenting. Her work has appeared in many national publications including Life, National Geographic Adventure, Real Simple, Shape, Parenting, and Parade.

  • Kate Rope
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The Complete Guide to Medications During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Everything You Need to Know to Make the Best Choices for You and Your Baby

Carl P. Weiner, M.D., and Kate Rope

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