Pregnant or trying to get pregnant? Tell your pharmacist!

Young African American Woman Pregnant isolated on a black backgrMedication and pregnancy

Not all medicines, whether prescription drugs or over-the-counter products, are safe to use during pregnancy. This is why it is important to tell your pharmacist when you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

Your pharmacist can check if your medication is still safe to take during pregnancy. Your pharmacist may consult your doctor to discuss if any changes in your medication are necessary.

Note: Never stop taking prescription drugs without consulting your doctor or pharmacist first.

Choosing a healthy lifestyle

Now that you have decided to try to have a baby it is a good time to think about making some healthy lifestyle decisions.

Your chances of becoming pregnant can be affected by your general health. Your partner’s health is also very important in a successful pregnancy so work at making changes together.

Consider how you can:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Work towards reaching a healthy weight
  • Limit salt
  • Be more active
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes
  • Ask your pharmacist to prevent drug misuse

If you are already pregnant it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Please visit the following websites to find out more about Health & Pregnancy: www.webmd.com/baby/ (English) or www.thuisarts.nl/zwangerschap (Dutch)

Folic acid (vitamin B11)

Eating a healthy, varied diet in pregnancy will help you to get most of the vitamins and minerals you need. There are some vitamins and minerals that are especially important.

It’s best to get vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, but when you are pregnant you will need to take some supplements as well, to make sure you get everything you need.

Our pharmacist recommends that you take: 400mcg of folic acid each day.

Folic acid is important for pregnancy, as it can help prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects, including spina bifida. You should take a 400mcg folic acid tablet every day while you are trying to get pregnant and until you are 12 weeks pregnant. If you didn’t take folic acid before you conceived, you should start as soon as you find out that you are pregnant.

Friendly Island Pharmacy, Sint Maarten