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It is generally not advisable to take meloxicam during pregnancy, unless otherwise noted by your doctor. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, do not take meloxicam without talking to your doctor.

Can meloxicam cause birth defects during pregnancy?

There are no conclusive studies on the risks of taking meloxicam during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy. If you plan to take meloxicam while pregnant, however, it is critical you talk to your doctor first.

Taking NSAIDs during the third trimester of pregnancy may cause harm to your developing baby’s heart. According to the FDA, taking NSAIDs, like meloxicam, during the third trimester of pregnancy increases the risk of premature closure of the fetal ductus arteriosus, a blood vessel near the heart in the developing fetus.

Can meloxicam cause a miscarriage?

In animal studies, researchers observed rabbit and rat deaths during organogenesis—the stage in which organs develop—with meloxicam doses of 0.65-6.5 times the maximum recommended human dose.

Risk factors are higher in the third trimester of pregnancy, so talk with your doctor about taking meloxicam if you are pregnant.

Meloxicam, Labor and Delivery

It is not advisable to take meloxicam during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Meloxicam and Lactation

There are no human data available on if meloxicam can be present in human milk or if it could be harmful to breastfed babies. In lactating rats, however, meloxicam was present in milk. 

Before taking meloxicam while breastfeeding, talk with your doctor about potential risks.

Meloxicam and Fertility

Taking NSAIDs including Meloxicam is not advisable for women who wish to become pregnant, as it could delay ovulation.

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