Posted by Laura on November 30, 2003 at 09:51:22:
In Reply to: Re: Also ......... posted by Elizabeth on November 29, 2003 at 01:02:57:
:" 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."
While I respect your opinion about medications during pregnancy, I must strongly disagree with your statement about the "genetic makeup" being put together in the first 3 months of pregnancy, especially as it relates to Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome occurs during the initial cell division AT CONCEPTION, and is the result of an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. A baby who is conceived without Down Syndrome cannot "get" DS because of the use of ANY medication, no matter how dangerous the medication.