By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When we see a pregnant woman we are always very careful to minimize the medications that they take. We know that certain drugs taken at certain times can affect the health of the unborn baby. But, over the years, many prescriptions have become over-the-counter medications.READ MORE: Police: 3 Men Recovering After Triple Shooting In North Philadelphia
Back in 1979, the US Food and Drug Administration began reviewing all prescription and OTC medications to develop risk categories for use in pregnancy. Most OTC medications taken during pregnancy are for allergy, respiratory, gastrointestinal, or skin conditions.READ MORE: Firefighters Battling 400-Acre Wildfire In Burlington County, New Jersey
Obviously it is important to talk with your physician about medications: some of the most common medications are pain relievers, cold medications, and heartburn medications.MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
One other area of concern I need to stress. Just because something is called natural does not mean it is safe.