Medicines used in pregnancy

On this page you will find information and resources on prescribing in pregnancy

Information on the use of medicines in human pregnancy is generally lacking, especially for new or infrequently used products.

Bumps is provided by the UK Teratology Information Service (UKTIS). UKTIS is a not-for-profit organisation funded by Public Health England on behalf of the UK Health Departments. UKTIS answers enquiries from health professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, midwives) on the effects on the unborn baby of medicines and other chemicals that the mother may use or otherwise be exposed to. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust have produced printable leaflets. Choice and Medication© leaflets are designed to help service users, carers and family members understand their medicines better, and to make more informed decisions, best as part of a discussion with a healthcare professional.

Please see the Traffic Light System for categorisation of individual drugs which defines where responsibility for prescribing between primary and specialist clinicians should lie.

Please expand the topics below for more detailed information.

The information and links provided are for guidance, clinical decisions remain the responsibility of the practitioner; the intention is to help prescribers find evidence based information and does not replace input from appropriate professionals or constitute medical advice for individual patients.