Posted by Debbie on November 29, 2003 at 13:47:21:
In Reply to: Re: Also ......... posted by Elizabeth on November 29, 2003 at 12:53:25:
No, you didn't offend me at all. What I was trying to say is that I took NO medication with my daughter and she has DS, and that DS is NOT caused by taking medication. Before or at conception the sperm or the egg has faulty cell division of chromosome #21 and continues to replicate itself (47 chromosomes rather than 46) in each and every cell of a persons body. This happens immediately at conception, and nothing will change it.
As for taking medication while pregnant - if you dont have to, then why should you, that's my theory. But if it is something that can improve your health, thus improve the health and well being of the baby as it will not be under so much stress, and the drug is relatively safe, then I understand a persons need to take them.
It is really a personal decision, but a large one for debate.
Should anyone want more info on DS and the cause, the National Down Syndrome Society does a great job explaining it at www.ndss.org
: : 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.