The Effects Of Prescription And / Or Nonprescription Drugs During Pregnancy

819 Words Jan 20th, 2016 4 Pages
During pregnancy, there are many “do’s” and “don’ts” to keep the baby safe, healthy, and prepared for birth. A controversial topic of conversation that pregnant women and many others have discussed is the use of prescription and/or nonprescription drugs during pregnancy and how this effects the development of the fetus, and the development of the baby once it is born and growing. Researchers all over have been looking into this topic to let all aware of the many terrible side effects and possibilities that this could take on prenatal development, as well as the development for the child as it grows and matures. It is safe to say that during pregnancy, an expecting mother should not consume any type of prescription or nonprescription drugs without consultation from a doctor. Certain prescription and nonprescription drugs are harmful to the fetus and the baby once he/she is born and in some cases can cause maternal bleeding, intellectual development delays, and/or physical development problems in the embryo and all the way through the child’s developing years.
Studies have shown that not all prescription drugs are considered to be a teratogen. There are many different categories of prescription drugs, such as antibiotics, antidepressants, hormones, and a variety of skin medicine to help clear up acne. Some of the noted prescription medications that are said to be teratogens are: streptomycin, tetracycline, progestin, synthetic estrogen, and Accutane. Commonly used…

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