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Xanax and pregnancy do not mix; namely, pregnant individuals should not take this medication. Doing so puts the baby at risk for withdrawal after birth. 

Xanax and Breastfeeding

Xanax (alprazolam) is present in breastmilk, so people who are nursing should avoid taking it. 


Can I take my anxiety medication while pregnant?

There may be some types of anxiety medication one can take during pregnancy. Typically, though, it would not be benzodiazepines like Xanax. 

Does Xanax affect implantation?

As a benzodiazepine, it’s possible the Xanax may affect implantation. It may also increase the risk of miscarriage. 

Which benzodiazepine is safe during pregnancy?

It’s up to a medical professional to determine what medication is safe for a person to take based on many factors. Some studies indicate that diazepam (Valium) may be useful during pregnancy, as well as chlordiazepoxide (Librium). 

Can Xanax kill an unborn child?

It’s possible taking this drug early in the pregnancy could increase the risk of miscarriage. There is also clinical evidence that it can harm a fetus in other ways. 

How can I calm my anxiety while pregnant?

There are plenty of ways for pregnant individuals to calm themselves. You might try yoga or some other exercise, take up a hobby, or keep a journal. Someone feeling anxiety should be open to talking to their doctor about it to ensure the solution is healthy for both the parent and developing pregnancy. 

What pregnancy class is Xanax?

Xanax is a pregnancy category D drug, meaning it can cause harm. 

Does Xanax cross the placenta?

Since babies are sometimes born going through withdrawal from Xanax, the assumption is it does cross the placenta. 

Can Xanax affect a pregnancy test?

There is no indication that alprazolam will impact the results of a pregnancy test. 

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