Did you know?
The U.S. Center for Disease Control doesn’t list a single drug as safe during pregnancy because the Food and Drug Administration doesn't require long-term testing on pregnant women before approving a drug for public consumption?
Even now, many of over-the-counter and prescription drugs we mindlessly ingest contain molecular compounds that carry unknown (and potentially damaging) long-term consequences for our unborn children. Our growing understanding of the delicate nature of the in utero human has warning labels on wine and cigarettes, but only rarely do we know for certain what risks medications carry for our unborn child.
The risk of medical ignorance
There are several medications that are now openly prohibited during pregnancy because they're known to cause serious birth defects and/or death, such as the infamous thalidomide and isotretinoin (Accutane). Every year, comprehensive reviews of the literature correlate a new list of medication with a new list of associated infant and childhood health issues and disorders.
Thinking defensively of your unborn child’s health, you can't assume that your unborn child is unaffected by the various foreign chemicals in your medication simply because the literature to this point lacks published reports of visible birth defects or long-term damage.
Many medications will be treated as safe for pregnancy simply because there aren't enough birth defects reported. Do your research, read reviews, arm yourself with knowledge to protect you and your child's health going forward. This is the basic any mother can do for her offspring.
Do your research!
The long-term impact of your medication may still be unknown and risk developmental delays, learning disorders, allergic reactions and other issues not readily apparent at birth. If possible, err on the side of caution and opt for a pregnancy free of all medications.
If you’re dependent on medications for your health, take the time to do some in-depth research on the impact of your medication (and it's ingredients) on your infant’s pre and post-natal health and development and any potential alternative non-chemical treatments.
Armed with this knowledge, meet with your caregiver to discuss managing and choosing the safest and healthiest treatment during pregnancy.