Q: Is it safe to take prescription medicines for pain during pregnancy?
A: “It is important to review all medications—over-the-counter or prescription—with your doctor. Pain medications in particular can be addictive and have to be handled with care as they can affect the newborn in terms of withdrawal and irritability. There may be other things you can do to curb it that are healthier for you and your baby. Here are some natural ways to reduce pain.”

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Dr. Evelyn Minaya is a host of The Juice, Veria Living’s flagship lifestyle audience talk show, covering celebrities, food, fitness, fashion, beauty, health, and pop culture. A board-certified OB/GYN and women’s health expert, Dr. Evelyn is a graduate of Barnard College/Columbia University and the SUNY Health Science Center, an affiliate of New York University.