Are you on any medications while trying to conceive and concerned about whether they’re safe? Worried about over the counter remedies and what is safe during pregnancy?
I’ve just discovered this rather helpful site run by UK Teratology Information Service (UKTIS) called BUMPS: Best Use of Medicines in Pregnancy. http://www.medicinesinpregnancy.org/
UKTIS is a not-for-profit organisation funded by Public Health England on behalf of the UK Health Departments (it was previously called the National Teratology Information Service or NTIS) and has been providing information since 1983 on the effects that use of medicines, recreational drugs and chemicals during pregnancy may have on the unborn baby.
They have a large number of leaflets on different medications, and also a form to request information if the drug or medicine you’re looking for isn’t currently covered.
Information on the use of medicines in human pregnancy is generally sparce, especially for new or rarely used products. Pregnant women taking medications are asked to report their details to UKTIS directly so that this information is available to other pregnant women who may need to consider whether or not to take a certain medicine in the future, using your own password protected ‘my bump’s record’. The information entered into these records is stored by UKTIS and reviewed periodically to help better understand how the medicines, a woman’s lifestyle or the illness for which she was taking the medicine, may affect her baby’s development in the womb.
They also post information about studies looking for participants. e.g. at the moment there is a study in the North West and North East of England and Northern Ireland looking for women with epilepsy who are in their first or second trimester of pregnancy. If this applies to you, and you’re interested you can contact contact the NaME study team on Name.Study@cmft.nhs.uk or call them on 0161 701 9136 to find out more.
All in all, a really handy find! Shame they couldn’t find any geniuinely pregant women for their cover photo, but I guess you can’t have everything!