Identify Women Taking ACE Inhibitors or ARBs Who Might Become Pregnant

Can women take an "ACE inhibitor" or "ARB" for high blood pressure during pregnancy?

Warnings in product labelling caution that taking ACE inhibitors (lisinopril, etc) or ARBs (candesartan, etc) for hypertension in the second or third trimesters of pregnancy can cause serious harm to a developing baby.

But now some new evidence suggests that using an ACE inhibitor in the FIRST trimester may NOT increase the risk of birth defects.

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