Let me preface this first by saying I will absolutely be asking my doctor on my first visit this Friday. But, I am going to Africa in a few days, and had my travel clinic appointment two weeks ago (the morning I learned I was PG actually). I didn't end up getting the recommended vaccines since they are not "safe" for pregnancy. I did get a recommended anti-malarial medicine... 6 pills to take once a week, starting yesterday. I took my first dose yesterday, and then did 1,000 google searches about it. Of course, there are as many sites that say don't take it as say do. It would definitely not be recommended to take during PG, but its one of those "benefit outweighs the risk" (of getting malaria that is). Well... now I'm just freaking out a bit. Its a Class C drug (meaning animal studies have shown harm to fetus, no human studies and circumstantial evidence is no harm to fetus). I'm seriously thinking of not taking the remaining 5 doses as I can see this worrying me forever. Certainly the next 32-33 weeks, and then even after birth if any issues were to arise.
In addition to just venting a bit, I guess what I'm asking is has anyone had experience with having to take a medicine or treatment that may or may not be 100% on the safe list? I know there on tons of women on daily meds that they must continue to take during PG.
My rationale for not taking is I'm actualy only going to be on the ground in Africa 48 hours, and will just bathe in insect repellent and am staying in a very western hotel with air conditioning, no plan to be outside at night or early morning (when the malaria insects only bite apparently).
Again, going to ask my OB on Friday who may know more than the travel clinic doctor about pregnancy and Class C drugs... but just curious anyone's thoughts and feedback on taking/not taking?