An in-depth article warning women about Too Many Pills in Pregnancy was written by Jane Brody for the New York Times, Feb 2013. A report called Prescription Meds Common in Pregnancy; Maybe Too Common updated her article in July 2015. Apparently, 82.5% of pregnant women were prescribed at least one medication and 42.0% were given drugs potentially harmful to the developing fetus.
Known harmful drugs (but where benefits may outweigh the risks) were taken in these percentages: codeine (11.9%), hydrocodone (10.2%), ibuprofen (4.9%), sulfamethoxazole (4.0%), and hydrocortisone (4.0%). Harmful drugs that definitely should be avoided in pregnancy include: hormonal contraceptives (4.9%), temazepam (0.11%), atorvastatin (0.07%), simvastatin (0.04%), and warfarin (0.04%).
The investigators noted that 9 of the 20 most commonly prescribed medications have not been assessed for fetal toxicity. That’s because most drug trials actively exclude pregnant women and remove women from investigation if pregnancy occurs. So, if a drug has not been proven safe, how can doctors assume it is safe and prescribe it?
When I was in medical school we were taught to Never, Ever give medications to a pregnant woman, unless there was a life-threatening situation. Now, the perception of drug safety has obviously changed. Doctors, who often fail to see drug side effects, prescribe frequently to pregnant women. And pregnant women and their partners, having grown up in a drugged world, see nothing wrong with taking drugs prescribed by their doctor.
Pregnancy houses a developing baby until it is ready to survive on its own. Obviously, the house that you create for your baby should be as pure and clean as possible. Do doctors even consider that as soon as your baby’s liver develops in the womb, it actually begins filtering your shared blood? So, if you are toxic, the strain on your baby begins there. If you take medications, your liver and your baby’s liver are both affected in trying to detoxify that drug. Thus, all drugs are toxic during pregnancy.
What drugs were prescribed? And is there something you can use instead?
Below are some suggestions:
1. Nitrofurantoin (21.6%) Macrodantoin for bladder infections.
Alternative Treatment: To prevent UTIs, urinate after intercourse and wash with soap; take cranberry capsules. Use Sovereign Silver as a natural antibiotic.
2. Metronidazole (19.4%) Flagyl. This is a very powerful antibiotic used for very serious infections.
Use Sovereign Silver as a natural antibiotic or a less powerful antibiotic.
3. Amoxicillin (18.0%)
Use Sovereign Silver as a natural antibiotic. For sinus infections – use a neti pot with 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil once or twice daily.
4. Azithromycin (19.9%)
Use Sovereign Silver as a natural antibiotic.
If you must use an antibiotic – be sure and take a probiotic. My favorite is Prescript Assist.
5. Promethazine (13.5%) for symptoms of nausea and vomiting
Use ginger, vitamin B6 and magnesium.
There are many more recommendations that would make this blog too long. I refer you to my Future Health Now Encyclopedia where I cover Colds and Flus, Bladder Infections, Bronchitis, Diarrhea, Earaches, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Kidney Disease, Prostate Problems, Gum Disease, Sinus Infections and Vaginitis. You should have this book on your computer to reference for any health questions.
Also, the Total Body ReSet formulas are the best way to obtain the mineral building blocks for pregnancy: ReMag and ReMyte. ReAline provides gentle cleansing, the methylated folate to prevent certain birth defects and methylated B6 to prevent nausea. RnA Drops can be taken before pregnancy and throughout. But if you have not taken it before and you become pregnant, wait until after you deliver and even another 6 months into breast feeding before starting the RnA Drops.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future™
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