Wegovy (semaglutide) is a prescription injection used for weight loss and to reduce the risk of certain cardiovascular problems. Wegovy may not be safe to use while pregnant. It’s not known whether it’s safe to use while breastfeeding.

If you can become pregnant, it’s important to consider whether Wegovy is a safe option for you.

It may not be safe to use Wegovy during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown that Wegovy may cause harm to a fetus. But it’s important to note that animal studies don’t always predict what will happen in humans.

Wegovy’s manufacturer recommends stopping Wegovy at least 2 months before trying to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while using Wegovy, call your doctor right away. They’ll likely suggest stopping Wegovy treatment during your pregnancy. They can advise you on when it’s safe to restart treatment.

Pregnancy registry

If you became pregnant during your Wegovy treatment, consider participating in the drug’s pregnancy registry. A pregnancy registry helps gather information on how certain drugs can affect pregnancy. To learn more or sign up, call 877-390-2760 or visit the registry website. You can also talk with your doctor for more information.

If you’re currently breastfeeding or planning to do so, it’s important to understand the effects that Wegovy could have on you or your child.

It’s not known whether it’s safe to breastfeed while using Wegovy. Based on animal studies, the drug may pass into breast milk, but it’s unknown what effects (if any) this could have on a child who is breastfed.

If you’re breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, talk with your doctor before starting Wegovy treatment.

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