Posted by Elizabeth on November 29, 2003 at 12:53:25:
In Reply to: Re: Also ......... posted by Debbie on November 29, 2003 at 09:37:03:
: For the record, I had hyperemesis during my pregnancy with my second child. I was hospitalized 3 times for almost a weeks duration for fluids, and I lost 23 lbs in 12 weeks from vomiting nonstop. So they prescribed the medicine and it worked.
: Secondly, I took no medication during my first pregnancy, including Tylenol, and she is a child with Down Syndrome. Believe me, I know all about it. For the record, there are 3 different types of DS. NONE of which are caused by taking anything during pregnancy, so please dont post information like that.
: To each his own - I will say this though, if my husband told me that he was against me taking anything that would make me feel better, especially when I had another kid to take care of who was already on this earth, we would have ended up in divorce court a long time ago, lol.
: : 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.