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Questions are often asked about possible effects of things like medicines, drugs, herbal products, hair dyes and insect sprays on an unborn baby.

More information

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a national Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age 

In South Australia contact the Women's and Children's Hospital Medicine and Drug Information Service on 8161 7222

In Australia contact the Poisons Information Service 13 11 26 or ring the National Medicines Line 1300 633 424 (1300 MEDICINE)  9am - 5 pm Monday to Friday (Eastern Standard Time). For more information visit http://www.nps.org.au/contact-us/medicines-line 

There are Fact sheets about exposure to many substances (such as hair dyes, medicines and drugs) on the website 'Mother to baby' of OTIS (Organisation of Teratology Information Specialists –Canada and USA).

Plane travel

Many women fly while pregnant and have no difficulties. If you are pregnant and intend to fly it is important that you discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you fly – particularly during the later stages of pregnancy.

Different Airline companies seem to have similar recommendations and 'rules'. For example:

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see your doctor or midwife.


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