Korean J Obstet Gynecol.  2009 Aug;52(8):787-802.

Current concepts of drugs use during pregnancy

  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea. kimyh@chonnam.ac.kr


More than 90% of pregnant women take drugs or use social drugs (such as tobacco and alcohol) or illicit drugs at some time during pregnancy. In general, drugs, unless absolutely necessary, should not be used during pregnancy because many can harm the fetus. The wrong informations of the drugs make an unnecessary termination. Sometimes drugs are essential for the health of the pregnant woman and the fetus. In such cases, appropriate and correct informations of drugs must be taken by specialist. Pregnancy women should talk with her doctors about the risks and benefits of taking the drugs. This article suggests general informations about using drugs in pregnancy.


Pregnant women; Pregnancy; Drugs; Fetus
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