Medication During Pregnancy

Supportive, Respectful Care

If you’re pregnant and taking prescribed or non-prescribed medications we can help.

Prescribed and non-prescribed medication use during pregnancy is very common, but some medications or drugs can cause problems for you or your baby. Medications prescribed to you for pain can be especially harmful and cause withdrawal symptoms in your baby after it is born. This is called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

The team at The Women's Hospital at Henrico Doctors' Hospital is here to help you have a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Prescription drugs include:

  • Codeine hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Morphine (Kadian, Avinza)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
  • Tramadol (Ultram)
  • Buprenorphone (Subutex, Suboxone)
  • Methadone

Non-prescription drugs include:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Alcohol

What is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?

Neonatal Withdrawal Syndrome happens when your baby is exposed to medication in the womb before birth. Your baby can go through medication withdrawals after he or she is born. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome most often is caused when a woman takes medication such as opioids during pregnancy. Opioids are painkillers that may or may not have been prescribed and can cause addiction in the mother and potential harm to the baby.

What can I do if I’m pregnant and taking prescribed or non-prescribed medications?

The first step is to talk to your provider about any medication or drugs you are taking, including pain medication, even if another doctor ordered it.

Make sure you tell any medical provider/doctor prescribing you a medication that you are pregnant.

Don’t stop taking any prescription or non-prescription medication without talking to your provider first. Quitting suddenly may risk the health of you or your baby. Your provider will work with you to develop a good plan your pregnancy.

Safe Circle RVA at Henrico Doctors' Hospital

The Women's Hospital at Henrico Doctors', in association with its sister hospital Parham Doctors' has developed a program for pregnant or postpartum women who are struggling with Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Safe Circle RVA is a comprehensive program that guides women with SUD through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period in a supportive environment, with help from specialists, social work, and community resources. The goal of the program is to ensure a healthy mom and baby. If you are struggling with SUD, you or your provider can contact Safe Circle RVA via our website or contact our Perinatal Center at (804) 289-4972.