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Effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors on sperm and male fertility

Some of my male patients who are taking antidepressants are planning to become fathers. Do selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) affect sperm, causing either decreased fertility or increased risk of congenital anomalies? Learn more »

Polyunsaturated fatty acids and fetal brain development

I have learned that one of the manufacturers of prenatal vitamins has added omega-3 fatty acids and claims that they help support fetal cognitive health and brain function. Is this based on evidence?

The claim that polyunsaturated fatty acids help improve fetal brain and eye development has been made for more than a decade. Learn more »

E-Learning

View free on-line training to help you assess the treatment and counseling needs of your pregnant patients.

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Advances in Secondary Prevention of In Utero Drug and Alcohol Exposure Learn more »

Safety of tacrolimus in pregnancy

I have a 30-year-old patient who had a kidney transplant 2 years ago. She is now planning a pregnancy. She has been treated with tacrolimus since her transplant. Will it be safe for the fetus if she continues to take it during the pregnancy or should she switch to a different antirejection medication?

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Complementary and alternative medicines and therapies

Natural doesn't always mean safe.

Some women and their health care providers may be hesitant to take or prescribe drugs during pregnancy and may seek natural health products as alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs. Are they safe during pregnancy? Learn more »

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Resources

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