Five People Who Should Know You’re Pregnant

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Doctor sitting with pregnant woman - five people who should know you’re pregnant

For the most part, deciding when and whom you tell about your pregnancy is 100% your business. That said, there are some reasons why sharing the news ASAP is a must once you’ve discovered you’re in the family way. According to the CDC, 9 in 10 women take medications while pregnant. Unfortunately, many medications either aren’t safe in pregnancy, or haven’t been studied enough to determine if their use will be problematic in the long run.

Here are five people who should know you’re pregnant right away:

Dentist
Your dentist asking if you’re pregnant every time they see you isn’t just a fun way to remind you your biological clock is ticking. From x-rays to antibiotics, and a rainbow of pain-killers in between, many common procedures and medications can be problematic in your preggo state. Also? Pregnancy can make your gums bleed like a mo-fo. Giving them a heads up will save you from yet another lecture about your crappy flossing habits.

Allergist
If you know ‘blue to the sky, orange to the thigh’ ISN’T a college football cheer, you’ll understand how important it is to keep your allergist in the loop. But it’s not just EpiPens that need to be considered. Inhalers, OTC medications, and prescription medications all should be discussed with your allergist once you know.

Dermatologist
Some dermatology treatments, like different acne medications, are known to cause birth defects. Your practitioner will be able to help you determine if what you’re using should be stopped, or if there are other options.

Psychiatrist
If you are pregnant and being treated with medication prescribed by your psychiatrist, give ‘em a ring. Sometimes a change in meds is a must, but other times you can keep on truckin’. Either way, they will be able to help guide you through the process.

Pharmacist
Pharmacists are kind of the unsung heroes of the neighborhood. Not only can they help you determine if an OTC medication is safe to use in pregnancy (woot! Free advice!), they can direct you to whoever can answer your question if they don’t know. And, if they know you’re pregnant, they can act as a gatekeeper when it comes to making sure the medications you’re being prescribed are safe to use during pregnancy. See? Unsung heroes, I tell ya.

 

The truth is this list could include a boatload of other people.

Your general practitioner, massage therapist, chiropractor, internist, gynecologist, endocrinologist, acupuncturist – basically anyone who pokes, prods or palpates your bits and pieces should all know. That way, they can provide safe and effective care for both you and your weeble.

This isn’t meant to scare you away from A) proper medical care or B) medication – be it homeopathic, over the counter, or prescription. Rather, this is a friendly reminder that not all medications are safe when you’re pregnant. Educating yourself via trusted websites, like the CDC’s Treating for Two, and talking over any medications you’re taking with your medical providers is a must once that baby is cookin’.

 

Related: Making Decisions about Medication Use in Pregnancy

From Allergists to Pharmacists, here are five people who should know you’re pregnant right away

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  • You should add eye doctor to the list. (Eye drops for dialation, etc.)

    Also you should tell the doctor in person, not just the nurse who takes your medical history. And don’t assume the doctor will remember that you are pregnant (or read your chart) so remind them on every visit.

    I learned this the hard way. Luckily the medicine I was given didn’t cause any issues, other than me frantically googling and stressing for a few hours.

  • Thanks so much for mentioning pharmacists. We are medicines experts and LOVE to help people and as you say, often overlooked.

    • My doctor was lovely but very ‘big picture’ and often advised me to avoid stuff ‘just to be on the safe side’. When I was dying from a head cold it was a pharmacist who helped me find something that was safe to take. I will be forever grateful to that man!

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