im 3 weeks pregnant and mistakenly took the next choice pill , will it hurt the baby

22. August 2012


As I’m sure you know, pregnant women should always consult their doctor before taking any kind of medication. You don’t want to put anything in your body that could possibly harm the fetus. That being said, some women do take emergency contraception during the early stages of pregnancy before they know they are pregnant. Emergency contraception will not cause you to miscarry or abort. Also, research has shown that they do not increase the risk of birth defects.

To help ensure a healthy pregnancy and ultimately a healthy baby, it is important for any pregnant woman to get early and regular prenatal care. Choose a doctor soon and call him or her for an appointment. In the meantime:

  • Begin taking an over-the-counter prenatal vitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid (a B vitamin that prevents birth defects of the brain and spine).
  • If you smoke, quit and avoid second-hand smoke.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • If you use street drugs, stop using them.
  • Eat healthfully and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Reduce the amount of stress in your life (if possible).
  • Get plenty of rest.

Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!

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