More than 50% of pregnant women take medications or other drugs at some time during pregnancy. These can be medicines with or without a prescription, social drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol, or illegal drugs. The use of drugs or drugs in pregnancy is increasing. However, medications should not be taken during pregnancy unless they are absolutely necessary, because many can cause injury to the fetus. About 2 to 3% of all congenital defects are due to the use of medications.

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