UKTIS are often asked by healthcare providers and members of the public for information leaflets that summarise the available scientific information in a way that is understandable to everyone. Bumps has been created to provide reliable and accurate information openly available to women and their partners. We hope that our freely available bumps summaries will provide women and their partners with the facts that they need to make informed decisions, in conjunction with their healthcare provider, about use of a medicine (or medicines) in pregnancy.
Information on the use of medicines in human pregnancy is generally lacking, especially for new or infrequently used products. Over the years pregnant women have asked to report their details to UKTIS directly so that this information is available to other pregnant women who may need to consider whether or not to take a certain medicine in the future.
Our new online reporting facility offers all pregnant women (not just those taking certain medicines or whose pregnancies did not result in a healthy baby), or women who have been pregnant in the past, the option to create their own password protected ‘my bumps record’. The information entered into these records is stored anonymously by UKTIS and reviewed periodically to help better understand how the effects that medicines, a woman’s lifestyle or the illness for which she was taking the medicine, may affect her baby’s development in the womb.