Pregnancy: Questions to ask

Last updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

There's a range of further information you may need before answering a question about use of medicines in pregnancy. Of course, you'll want to check the patient's drug history and medical history, and if you're being asked about use of a specific medicine you'll need the indication, dose, frequency, and route of administration. There are some more general questions to ask when problem solving, but what else do you need to know that's specific to prescribing in pregnancy?

Have a think about the sort of information you may need when dealing with a clinical problem involving a medicine in a pregnant woman. What questions might you ask about the medicine(s) involved, and about the patient?

When you’ve had thinking time, study the infographic below which captures some of the important questions to think about.

Once you've considered the image above, click through to the next page to examine in more detail why these questions are important to your practice.