Questions about pregnancy? Chat online

SAN DIEGO - Beginning this week, pregnant and breastfeeding women seeking information about medications and other exposures can receive help online through private instant messaging at website is operated by a non-profit and is housed on the campus of UC San Diego. The chat service will be monitored by trained, bilingual (English/Spanish) counselors who specialize in answering questions regarding medications, illicit substances and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some of the most common questions pregnant women ask are: Can I color my hair during pregnancy?, I have allergies, what can I take?, Can I have a glass of wine with dinner?, Should I get a flu shot if I'm trying to get pregnant?, and Do I have to quit taking my antidepressant now that I'm pregnant? "This will be for women who feel like they don't have time to call us on our traditional hotline and prefer to use their computer or laptop," said Sonia Alvarado, a supervising counselor with the CTIS Pregnancy Health Information Line. "This option will also be ideal for women who are uncomfortable talking to someone on the phone, although our services are provided confidentially and can be provided anonymous, whether by phone or chat." Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy can also receive advice by calling (800) 532-3749.

********** Published: January 13, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 39