8 Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy and Medication Labels

Now that you’re pregnant, you’re super-safe about everything that goes into your body. You’re all about organic produce, and you don’t even borrow your bestie’s liquid bronzer if you’re not 100 percent sure about its safety. Okay, maybe you don’t go that far. But you’re not into taking any serious chances. So when it comes to prescription medication, you aren’t about to start popping pills without knowing what’s what. Good news: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a system that can set you straight. Here’s the lowdown on what you need to know about meds, prescription labels, and your baby’s safety.

A pregnant woman takes medication at home

1. Say goodbye to the FDA’s old alphabet. If you were pregnant prior to June 30, 2015, you had to pay attention to a bit of a different medication labeling system. Gone are the days when meds fell under the categories A, B, C, D, and X. The FDA is replacing this old-school system with something newer and (naturally) better.

2. Check out the new deal. Swapping out the five-letter system means giving moms-to-be a new one. The revised labeling will provide more comprehensive info when it comes to each medication’s safety. It will also include contact information for pregnancy exposure registries, which collect and maintain data on the effects of medications on pregnant women.

3. Get specific with subsections. Along with dismantling the old five-letter category system, the new labels add in an entirely new subsection. In the olden days of medication labeling…

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