Pregnancy and Opioid Pain Medications Factsheet

Pregnancy and Opioid Pain Medications Factsheet
Posted 7/25/2022

Factsheet for pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant regarding regarding safety issues opioid use. Describes common opioid pain medications prescribed by doctors. This factsheet also provides possible risks to pregnancy with use of opioids including neural tube defects, congenital heart defects, Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS), and other life-threatening side effects of opioid use during pregnancy.