What if You Get Pregnant While Taking Diet Pills?

WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?

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There are many things that a pregnant woman must concern herself about after she becomes pregnant. There are certain things that she cannot eat and other things that she should eat.

The items that she drinks are also important and there is a long list of items that she should stay away from. There are also changes that she must make to the medication that she normally takes.

While it is important to talk to your doctor about the specific medications that you are taking prior to becoming pregnant, you may find that this is not always a possibility. If you have been taking diet pills and have recently found out that you are pregnant, it is important that you stop taking them and speak to your doctor immediately.

1. Weight Issues with Fertility

Many women struggle with being overweight and often times this may lead to fertility issues. One of the first things that doctors will suggest to women who are struggling to become pregnant is to lose some weight. If you struggle in this area, you may find that taking a diet pill helps you to lose the weight that you need to become pregnant.

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2. Diet Pill Information

One of the bad things about diet pills is that they are not regulated by the FDA. This means that there is little research available that shows exactly how they work and how they affect the body. Some are made with a variety of ingredients of which little is known. However, one fairly universal concept is the amount of caffeine that can be found in the diet pills.

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Caffeine is something that doctors suggests women who are trying to become pregnant stay away from. It is also discouraged in pregnant women because substantial amounts of it can lead to miscarriage. The suggested amount that a pregnant woman should stay within is 100 to 200 milligrams per day and most diet pills have far more than this amount.

3. Health Risks

It is crucial that you avoid taking diet pills while you are pregnant. Because there is little research, it is difficult to say exactly what your health risks are. However, in 2011 the FDA banned some diet pills that contained ephedra because it was being linked to deaths.

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Diet pills have since stopped using this ingredient, but there is still very little known about the remaining ingredients that have been left in them. If you have been taking diet pills and have recently found out that you are pregnant, it is important that you discuss with your doctor the specific pill that you were taking and the steps that you should take going forward.

4. Fertility

If you have been trying to become pregnant and are currently taking diet pills, it is best to talk it over with your doctor. You will be able to learn more about the risks that you are taking and he will probably be able to offer you a solution for your weight problem.

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In general, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor after you have been trying for over a year to get pregnant. However, you may want to conduct an office visit sooner if you are taking or considering taking diet pills.

5. Conclusion

The most important thing to remember is that you do not try and lose weight while you are pregnant. You should talk to your doctor if you are concerned about your weight and discuss the proper amount of weight that you should gain throughout your pregnancy.

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Likewise, if you are taking diet pills and have found out you are pregnant, you should stop taking them immediately and talk to your doctor. There are many health risks that are involved and you should be aware of them.

During your pregnancy, it is important to focus on the health of you and your baby and not worry so much about trying to lose weight. You should stick with a healthy pregnancy diet and exercise program in order to maintain a healthy weight gain, but you should not try to lose weight while you are pregnant. Your doctor will be able to provide you with more information regarding the risk factor of the specific diet pill that you have been taking.

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.