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It is generally recommended that pregnant women avoid taking MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). Pregnancy problems could potentially occur, even though most people think that dietary supplements are automatically safe. There is no evidence to prove that MSM is safe (or unsafe) for pregnant women. If you are using MSM and pregnancy occurs, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and potential risks.

An Overview of MSM and Pregnancy

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a dietary supplement claimed to be beneficial for numerous different uses. At this time, it is not known if it is safe for pregnant women to take MSM.

Is MSM Safe During Pregnancy?

There is no evidence to suggest that MSM is safe (or unsafe) for pregnant women. Even though MSM is a substance that is naturally found in various foods, this does not automatically mean that it is safe for use during pregnancy. Until more information is available, it may be a good idea to avoid MSM supplements if you are pregnant or may be pregnant, unless your healthcare provider recommends that you take MSM for a specific medical reason.
Pregnancy is not a time to be experimenting with supplements or medications. It is best to stick with products that have a proven record of safety for pregnant women. As a dietary supplement that has been studied very little in pregnant women, MSM is probably not one of these products.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider If You are Pregnant and Taking MSM

If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to have a discussion with your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement, including MSM. Do not assume that MSM is automatically safe for use in pregnancy just because it is a dietary supplement.
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