Sunday, June 03, 2007

MotherRisk. You should know about this. Really.

I've been meaning to post about Motherisk (LINK) for a very long time. So here we go.

"Motherisk offers pregnant, planning and breastfeeding women answers to questions about morning sickness and the risk or safety of medications, herbs, diseases, chemical exposures and more."

It's run out of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children (LINK) and is perhaps the most useful drug and exposure resource available for pregnant and breastfeeding women. There is loads of info on their newly updated site, but even better are the phone numbers:

1-877-327-4636 - Alcohol and Substance
1-800-436-8477 - Morning Sickness
1-888-246-5840 - HIV and HIV Treatment
(416) 813-6780 - Motherisk's Home Line

The Home Line is the one to call if you need information about the safety of medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This service is much more thorough and helpful than sites like SafeFetus (LINK), because they can provide you with specific details about what types of studies were done, as well as metabolism details.

Last week we called to find out if Claritin is safe during breastfeeding. It is.

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