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Bumps: Best use of medicines in pregnancy

Freely available evidenced based information leaflets for women and their families on the fetal effects of specific medicines and chemicals, written by the UK Teratology Information Service.

Bumps is provided by the UK Teratology Information Service (UKTIS). UKTIS is a not-for-profit organisation funded by Public Health England on behalf of the UK Health Departments. UKTIS (previously the National Teratology Information Service, NTIS) has been providing scientific information to health care providers since 1983 on the effects that use of medicines, recreational drugs and chemicals during pregnancy may have on the unborn baby.

Why has UKTIS created bumps?

1. To make reliable and accurate information openly available to women and their partners.

UKTIS is often asked by healthcare providers and members of the public for information leaflets that summarise the available scientific information in a way that is understandable to everyone. We hope that our freely available bumps information leaflets will provide women and their partners with the facts that they need to make informed decisions, in conjunction with their healthcare provider, about use of a medicine (or medicines) in pregnancy.

2. To enable women to provide information directly to UKTIS.

Information on the use of medicines in human pregnancy is generally lacking, especially for new or infrequently used products. Over the years pregnant women have asked to report their details to UKTIS directly so that this information is available to other pregnant women who may need to consider whether or not to take a certain medicine in the future. Our new bumps website will soon offer all pregnant women (not just those taking certain medicines or whose pregnancies did not result in a healthy baby) the option to create their own password protected ‘my bump’s record’. The information entered into these records will be stored anonymously by UKTIS and reviewed periodically to help better understand how the effects that medicines, a woman’s lifestyle or the illness for which she was taking the medicine, may affect her baby’s development in the womb.

Who to contact

Bumps Website

Facebook: medicinesinpregnancy

Twitter: medsinpregnancy

Other Details

This service is listed for your information. Its inclusion on the Family Services Directory does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by Lincolnshire County Council. For more information, go to Terms & Conditions

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