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Updated medicines advice included in pregnancy guides

Updated advice on the best medicines to take for common ailments duringpregnancy and while breastfeeding is included in new versions of theDepartment of Health’s “Pregnancy” and “Birth to five” books that wererelaunched yesterday (29 October 2009)

Updated advice on the best medicines to take for common ailments during pregnancy and while breastfeeding is included in new versions of the Department of Health’s “Pregnancy” and “Birth to five” books that were relaunched yesterday (29 October 2009).

Other new information includes advice that it is safe for mothers to eat peanuts during pregnancy, but babies should not be given them for the first six months of life and that pregnant women should not drink more than 200mg of caffeine a day (equivalent to two mugs of instant coffee).

The DoH has also updated its guidance on storing breast milk — it now advises that breast milk can be stored in a refrigerator for up five days (rather than the previous recommendation of 24 hours).

The books are given to all expectant women and new parents in England by their midwives and health visitors.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10983981

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