Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Medicines and Pregnancy

All medicines have been categorised as to their safety in pregnancy. 

Category A medicines are safe to take throughout your pregnancy. 

Your pharmacist will know what is safe to obtain over the counter for common symptom relief such as sinusitis, cough, fever, headache and pain. Your GP will also know what is safe to prescribe during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.

For more information see Pregnancy and Medications.

Definitions for Prescribing Medicines Australian during Pregnancy:

Drugs which have been taken by a large number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without any proven increase in the frequency of malformations, or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the fetus having been observed.

Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed.
Studies in animals have not shown evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage.

Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed.
Studies in animals are inadequate or may be lacking, but available data show no evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage.

Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of childbearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human fetus having been observed.
Studies in animals have shown evidence of an increased occurrence of fetal damage, the significance of which is considered uncertain in humans.

Drugs which, owing to their pharmacological effects, have caused or may be suspected of causing, harmful effects on the human fetus or neonate without causing malformations. These effects may be reversible.

Drugs which have caused, are suspected to have caused or may be expected to cause, an increased incidence of human fetal malformations or irreversible damage. These drugs may also have adverse pharmacological effects.