Stay healthy when you’re expecting

If you’re planning to conceive, your pharmacist can help you prepare for a healthy pregnancy. Learn about your pharmacy’s many services, from pregnancy tests  to advice about vitamins and essential nutrients for moms-to-be.

It is highly recommended that you take a folic acid supplement up to 3 months before you conceive. This vitamin, which is perfectly safe for both mother and fetus, helps prevent birth defects that may form soon after conception. You therefore need to start taking this vitamin as a preventive treatment before getting pregnant and continue taking it when you’re pregnant and while breastfeeding. Your pharmacist can prescribe the recommended dose of folic acid depending on your health condition and any medications that you’re taking.

Your pharmacist can also give you advice about medications that you take regularly. For example, not taking your medication to treating some health problems with medication can have more serious consequences for your unborn child than continuing your drug regimen. If you have concerns, make an appointment with your pharmacist before stopping your medication. Depending on the medications you’re taking and the goals of your treatment, your pharmacist will give you the appropriate recommendations. With your doctor, your pharmacist may suggest that you continue your medication, stop taking it, or take a safer alternative during your pregnancy. Your pharmacist can give you advice to help you make informed decisions about your health and your baby’s health.