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Question: pregnenolone and pregnancy

 Erin Brown - Sat Jun 25, 2005 12:32 am

I was told by a pharmacist to take pregnenolone for insomnia. I'm 8 weeks pregnant and have had 2 miscarriages previous to this pregnancy (and a 17 month old, healthy son). I took the capsule and then read on it WARNING! do not use if pregnant or nursing. Is my pregnancy, or baby in danger? Why is it bad? I trust this pharmacist, but it is very clear on the bottle, did he make a mistake in what he was giving me?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sat Jun 25, 2005 5:49 am

User avatar Hi Erin Brown,
According to documented studies pregnenolone is considered a natural steroid hormone and safety during pregnancy or breastfeeding has not been established. Was your pharmacist aware of your pregnancy? I would strongly advise against taking any medications, supplements etc. without the advice of your physician because there are many medications, supplements etc. contraindicated during pregnancy.
 Erin Brown - Sat Jun 25, 2005 3:25 pm

Thank you for answering. I won't take it again and will be sure to ask my doctor next time first. The pharmacist knew of my pregnancy and was actually trying to help prevent a miscarriage, as I was spotting earlier. He also gave me progesterone cream to use, which is safe. Thank you for your response and caring.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:20 am

User avatar Hi Erin,
Good luck with your pregnancy. I sincerely hope that you do well from here on.

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