Ozempic is a diabetes medication that can cause weight loss and is often prescribed for that purpose. Losing weight during pregnancy can cause low birth weight and therefore is not recommended.
Because it is a new drug, Ozempic has not been well studied in pregnant women, and its safety has not yet been established. Studies done on pregnant animals have shown poor growth and development in fetuses. Until Ozempic’s safety can be studied further in humans, it should not be taken during pregnancy.
Women who intend to become pregnant should stop taking Ozempic two or three months before conception. Women taking Ozempic who find that they are pregnant should consult their physicians.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be monitoring Ozempic and its possible effects during pregnancy, and we will update this blog article when more information comes out.