The most surprising thing to learn when researching information on the dangers of certain drugs in the development of an unborn child is that such studies are still in their infancy. Women are severely limited in getting the resources they need in determining whether or not it is safe to take certain drugs during pregnancy. They often rely on the doctor for clarification. But the most important thing a woman must remember when considering the medicine she takes once pregnant is not that the medicine can harm the fetus, but a lack of necessary medicine can both harm the fetus and the mother.
Without a pharmacy technician certification or a medical degree it is almost impossible for an expecting mother to even have a humble grasp on how drugs can interact with the development of an unborn child. The result is women simply stop taking all forms of medication. This can lead to disastrous results. For example, a young pregnant women who quit taking her asthma medication only to later die of an untreated asthma attack. The medicine would not have affected the fetal growth.
For the majority of pregnant women, it is the daily over-the-counter pills and the medications prescribed to millions of people that makes them worry when it comes to the development of their unborn child. In this case, it is important to keep the following in mind:
- Acetaminophen over Aspirin. Aspirin must be avoided during pregnancy, but acetaminophen, the painkiller found in Tylenol, is perfectly safe for expecting mothers.
- Avoid Xanax and Accutane. These somewhat commonly prescribed medicines can lead to disastrous birth defects.
- Anti-depressants are mostly okay. Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors such as Zoloft, Paxil, and Prozac are considered safe for pregnant women, although only the use of Prozac during pregnancy has seen significant research.
- Ask, ask, ask. Doctors are there for a reason, you know. And if a doctor cannot be reached, responsible research on the internet is almost always effective enough to know the truth about certain drugs during pregnancy.
Unfortunately, a categorical list of drugs and their potential effects on pregnancy cannot be compiled at this time. That is simply because there has not been the necessary level of research for such a list to exist. However this changed with the increase in government interest in researching the relationship between drugs and the unborn child.
Until then, play it safe. But always remember that your health is just as important as the health of your unborn child. Without you, they won’t be going anywhere.
Please always consult your Doctor for how any information you read relates to you personally, including the information on this site and included in this post.
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