What to expect when you're expecting is a serious concern for pregnant women, and Texas Tech Pharmacology Professor Dr. Thomas Hale says one of the biggest worries is whether the medications that they are taking will hurt their baby.
That's why Hale and compiled stacks of information he has gathered over the years about 20,000 different medications which are now available both by prescription and over the counter.
"They get a prescription and they don't really know if it’s safe to use or not, when they are pregnant or breast feeding," he says.
Hale says you can download the app from the standard smart phone app stores and either type in the medication you're concerned about, or simply scan the barcode to obtain product safety information and to determine if it is safe for use.
He says ever since the Thalidomide scare in the 1960s, when a German drug which was designed to ease the effects of morning sickness turned out to result in badly deformed babies, women have been very skittish about what types of medications they take when they are pregnant.
Dr. Hale says that is particularly worrisome to him when a woman who has been diagnosed with common anti depressants decides to stop taking the meds.
"67 to 70 percent of those women then go back into real significant depression," he said. "The outcome in those situations is poor."
Dr. Hale says the Mommy Meds app will continue to be updated as new drugs and new information comes on the market.
"It will tell them if it is a safe drug to use or whether it is not safe," he said. "It depends on where they are, in the first, second, or third trimester."
He says women should always consult with their family doctor, but he says no general practice physician can possibly keep track of all of the drugs that are out there for all of the conditions women may face. He says 'Mommy Meds' will help the doctor, not replace the doctor, who is providing care to a woman who is pregnant, or is breast feeding.