It is common for pregnant and lactating people to wonder - Is it safe for me and my baby to take medication during my pregnancy or when breastfeeding? Many medications pass through breast milk but most have little to no effect on the baby’s wellbeing. For some people, taking medications prescribed by your healthcare clinician helps improve your mood. Your mood and emotions can impact how you interact with your baby. The first step before deciding if medication is right for you is to consider the risks of taking medication and also the risks of not taking medication.
Thinking Through Risks
Take a moment, look at the example below, and think of what you might list in each of these boxes. Some people find it helpful to take out a piece of paper and write it out to get their thoughts flowing.
Example: Mia’s Risk Chart
|Risks of Not Taking Medication
||Benefits of Not Taking Medication
|Risks of Taking Medication
||Benefits of Taking Medication
Ask Your Provider
Remember, you don’t have to go it alone. Help is available. Ask your COMPASS Coordinator, obstetrician, or midwife to provide guidance when thinking about risks. For most people in most contexts, after considering risks, the balance favors taking medication.