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You should consult your doctor before taking omeprazole if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This medication passes into breast milk, and the effects on a nursing infant are unknown.

Can Omeprazole Affect Pregnancy?

There is a lack of research on the use of omeprazole during pregnancy. Researchers have not been able to demonstrate an increased risk of major congenital malformations or other adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with the use of this drug. Always speak to your doctor before taking this medication while you are pregnant.

What is the Best Thing to Take for Heartburn While Pregnant?

Pregnant women suffering from heartburn may consider lifestyle changes such as avoiding tobacco and alcohol, avoiding eating late at night or before going to bed, eating smaller meals, and avoiding lying down after meals. Raising the head of the bed 4 to 6 inches and wearing loose-fitting clothes may also help to ease heartburn. If lifestyle and dietary changes are not enough, pregnant women should consult their doctor before taking omeprazole.

Does Omeprazole Cross the Placenta?

Omeprazole has been shown to cross the placenta. 

Omeprazole and Lactation

Omeprazole is excreted in breast milk, but its effects on infants are unknown.

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