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No adequate studies have been done on chondroitin to determine whether this supplement is safe for pregnant women. Because of the unknown risks, it is a good idea for pregnant women to avoid this supplement until more information is available. If you are using chondroitin and pregnancy occurs, talk to your healthcare provider about any potential risks.

Chondroitin Use During Pregnancy: An Introduction

Chondroitin is a dietary supplement often used for the treatment of arthritis. It is derived from the cartilage of animals (usually cows). It is not clear if chondroitin is safe for pregnant women to take.
 

Is Chondroitin Safe for Pregnant Women?

This dietary supplement is available without a prescription. However, this does not automatically imply that it is safe for use during pregnancy. In fact, it does not even imply that it is safe for anyone. Dietary supplements can be sold in the United States without any evidence that they are safe or effective. It should never be assumed that a product is safe for pregnant women just because it is a natural product or a dietary supplement.
 
Studies suggest that chondroitin is probably relatively safe for most people. However, it has not been adequately studied in pregnant women. Because it is not known whether chondroitin is safe for pregnant women, it is a good idea to avoid this supplement during pregnancy until more information is available. If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to ask your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement.
 
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