Pregnancy: Learning exercises

Last updated: Thursday, January 11, 2024

There is a quiz to help reinforce your learning about the use of medicines in pregnancy here

Real clinical problems

Look at these real clinical problems and decide what further questions you’d ask and where you would look for information.
When you’re ready, here are our suggested answers. Do you agree? If you want to, you could talk to your tutor or a colleague about them or record them as a CPD exercise.

Do an enquiry in a Medicines Information (MI) centre

Finally, if you have access to the MiCAL training package (subscription required) you may like to undertake question numbers 9 and 11 in its database of example MI enquiries, which involve the use of medicines in pregnancy.

AUDIO: Managing medicine use in pregnancy

Listen to Paula Russell Principal Pharmacist at the Regional Drug and Therapy Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne discuss the use of medicines in pregnancy. The audio is presented in 3 sections;

Teratogenicity and physiological changes
Timings and sensitivities
Information resources and treating common conditions

Note that since this webinar was recorded, the advice about not prescribing NSAIDs in pregnant patients after 28 weeks has changed. Systemic NSAIDs should now be avoided from week 20 of pregnancy unless clinically required, when they should be prescribed at the lowest effective dose for the shortest time.