Whether you should take Ambien or not during pregnancy is a decision that should be discussed with your doctor based on your level of insomnia and your response to other nonprescription medications.
Ambien (zolpidem) is a medication used to help people sleep. It’s not a benzodiazepine (like valium or Xanax), but it does interact with benzodiazepine receptors and has some overlapping properties. It’s not typically addictive, and most data suggest that Ambien doesn’t increase the risk of birth defects. It’s also considered compatible with breastfeeding. However, you should still speak with your doctor before taking Ambien while pregnant.
For up-to-date information on the safety of medications in pregnancy, see www.reprotox.org 1
Dr. Nathan Fox, MD, OBGYN
Nathan Fox, M.D., is a board-certified OB-GYN with a specialty in maternal fetal medicine. He completed medical school and residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College, both located in New York City.