Posted by Elizabeth on November 29, 2003 at 01:02:57:
In Reply to: Re: Also ......... posted by Debbie on November 28, 2003 at 18:40:38:
No problem. Regarding CP not being caused by a drug. Although CP could be hereditary, it is proven that CP can be caused by drugs especially Valium. Almost every person I knew and saw who took Valium while pregnant had a baby born with CP. There are some drugs that don't cross the placental barrier. Phenergan is proven to cross the placenta. Drugs that cross the placenta nterfere with the babies chromosomes, etc. The first 3 months is when all the chromosomes and geneitc makeup are being put together and just the slightest thing can cause 1 extra chromosome or 1 less chromosome and just 1 less or 1 more will cause neurological problems. An extra chromosome causes Down's syndrome, 1 less usually is cerebral palsy. Even aspirin can cause birth defects because it thins the blood, so if it ends up thinning the blood too much, it can cause hemorrhaging in the baby's brain, etc. Also, if it does not cause hemorrhaging in the brain, it could cause hemorrhage in the mother. This is why aspirin is always recommended for stroke prevention.
I think drugs should only be recommended if the baby or mother's life is in danger or both.