Research Gaps Leave Doctors Guessing About Treatments For Pregnant Women

For years, pregnant women have been routinely excluded from medical studies, a practice that has left unanswered questions about how best to treat many health conditions during pregnancy.

To protect a developing fetus from experimental drugs or treatments that might cause birth defects, pregnant women aren’t included in many clinical trials. But that limits the safety evidence, too.

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