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Is it safe to use inhaled corticosteroids in pregnancy?

A healthy woman with mild to moderate asthma came to my clinic today after learning that she was pregnant. She inquired about continuing her inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medication and whether there would be any risks to her unborn child if she were to do so. What would you advise?

Given the published evidence, caution must be taken with doses greater than 1000 µg/d Learn more »

Systematic review of protective effects of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy against adverse fetal outcome

Our analysis reveals a consistent favourable effect of NVP on rates of miscarriages, congenital malformations, prematurity, and developmental achievements. The effect size was clinically important for miscarriage, malformations and prematurity.


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 »

Fetal Alcohol Research

In Canada the incidence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is estimated to be 1 in 100 live births. FASD is the leading cause of developmental and cognitive disabilities in Canada. A new study has estimated direct and indirect costs associated with FASD at the patient level.

The Burden of Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol »
Read more in Fetal Alcohol Research »

In 2015 Motherisk will celebrate 30 Years of Research and Counselling

Since 1985 Motherisk has helped to ensure the well-being of mothers and babies, worldwide.

Help us celebrate with a contribution in support of continued Motherisk research and counselling. Donate now »

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