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Articles: Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
Midwives promote natural pregnancy, labor, and birth, but there are times when drugs and pharmaceuticals can be helpful or are actually necessary to a successful outcome. This is also a place to learn about the negative effects of using drugs.
As an expectant mother approaching your due date, a concern that looms large in your mind is the pain that you will experience during labor. Will you be able to cope?
You're pregnant, so you think twice about what you put into your body; after all, there are two of you to think about.
Fact: A woman who has intercourse without using contraception has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant in a year.
Emergency contraceptives is a term that refers to methods of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. "Plan B," one brand of hormonal emergency contraceptive, was approved for OTC sales to women 18 and older on August 24, 2006. Women younger than 18 will still need a prescription to acquire the product. The FDA announcement follows:
Most women experience significant pain during labor and birth, and most American women want and expect to receive some form of pharmacologic pain relief. Epidurals are the most effective method, but there are risks.