WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- It's prudent to limit the use of over-the-counter cold and flu medications during pregnancy, experts say.
This is because some medications may contain substances that are potentially harmful to developing fetuses, or that have not been well-studied for use in pregnant women.
"Every year around this time, we get a significant number of calls from pregnant and breast-feeding women in California who are battling colds and are worried about which meds they can and can't take," said Christina Chambers, professor of pediatrics at University of California, San Diego and program director at the California Teratogen Information Service.
To help expectant mothers who are sick this holiday season, Chambers offered these cold medicine safety tips:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about medication use during pregnancy.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SOURCE: University of California, San Diego Health Sciences, news release, December 2011
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