Popular Drugs Pose Serious Risks when Taken During Pregnancy
The quality of what we eat can affect our genes for up to two generations!!!! Not only is the food we eat filled with pesticide remnants and organophosphates, first world citizens are exposed to many additional teratogens in our homes, cleaning agents and paints, carpets, never mind the prescription drugs that are prescribed over the counter. Read the article for which I include important links…
Approximately one in every 40 babies in South Africa is born with a birth defect, while one in every 10 babies will eventually develop a genetic disorder, according to the country’s Department of Health. Some of these are caused by the use of dangerous medications during pregnancy, and many can be prevented through greater awareness and safer practices.
Throughout the history of modern medicine, a number of popular medications have been linked to serious birth defects and fetal death after they have been on the market for quite some time. Some of the most widely prescribed include thalidomide, a medication introduced in the mid 1900s that is now used to fight cancer and leprosy, and Accutane, a medication used since the 1980s to treat acne. Clinical studies have shown that even a single dose of these medications taken during pregnancy can result in birth defects.
Many women who have suffered because of these medications have sought legal recourse against drug manufacturers by filing a thalidomide or Accutane lawsuit. Consumer advocates have argued that in a number of instances, negligent drug companies have aggressively marketed dangerous medications to doctors and patients without regard for the potential harm to pregnant women and their babies.
Experts around the world continue to express astonishment and concern over the amount of dangerous drugs used by many pregnant women today. In an attempt to decrease this use, many health care professionals are advising women to take a proactive stance when it comes to reducing the risk of birth defects.
In addition to speaking with their doctor about the use of medications during pregnancy, South Africa’s Department of Health suggests pregnant women seek genetic counseling if they have a family history of birth defects, if they are married to a close relative or if they are in their late thirties or older. Counseling can be obtained in a number of different clinics located in major areas throughout the country.
The Department of Health also suggests that women take 0.4 mg of folic acid before and during pregnancy, in order to reduce the risk of serious birth defects such as spina bifida. In addition, patients are instructed to avoid alcohol, irradiation and other substances that can harm their developing baby.
With improved awareness and safer pregnancy practices, experts throughout the world maintain women can significantly reduce the risk of birth defects and increase their baby’s prospects for a healthy future.
For more information on drugs that can cause harmful effects during pregnancy, visit www.DrugWatch.com.