last updated 22-10-2021

Fetal drug exposure

Toxicology and pregnancy

Take home messages:

  • Pharmaceutical drugs are absorbed, distributed, metabolized and eliminated by the human body
  • Pregnancy may lead to alterations in all these (pharmacokinetic) processes and in the parameters that describe the processes
  • The outcome of these alterations may be different for individual drugs

For better understanding of pharmacokinetic principles during pregnancy, you are referred to the section drugs during pregnancy