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how can medications affect a fetus

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Caren Reaves
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: Every medication is different....Some are safe with no harmful effects, while others can be extremely harmful to a fetus. Contact your provider to mak ... Read More
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Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
See below: Medications can cross the placenta. This means that medications, drugs and alcohol that the mother is exposed to can also affect the growing baby. In ... Read More

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Potentially severe.: Alcohol and drug abuse are a sure way to permanently damage your unborn child's brain. Avoid them both at all costs!
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neeoo Chin
39 years experience Fertility Medicine
Yes: Psychotherapy or counseling will not affect the liver or fetus. Acupuncture may also be tried for anxiety and/or depression. Drug therapy should be ut ... Read More
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Dr. Richard Levenson
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
Psychotherapy: Without question. Most psychotropic medications can have serious, deleterious effects on a developing fetus.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
How about both?: Most psychotropic medications are acceptable during pregnancy to help stabilize the psyche and mood of the gravida. Psychotherapy works in some cases ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
39 years experience Dermatology
Can happen: A couple of the most well-known fetal reactions to antibiotics: permanent staining of the teeth, with use of tetracyclines, and severe birth defects a ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
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Not a lot....: These studies are very difficult to do, especially on which drugs are transferred to the developing fetus. Animals models can tell you some informatio ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience Fertility Medicine
First trimester: Or the first 12 weeks is riskiest; but some drugs are extremely dangerous at any time.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience Family Medicine
Shouldn't be: Pregnacare plus is a supplement designed to help the developing fetus grow healthy by providing important nutrients like folic acid (to prevent spinal ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Some can: There are a large variety of anti seizure meds. Some have fetal risks and some appear not to.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Acupuncture: Auricular acupuncture is very safe during pregnancy and can be very effective at reducing anxiety.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
So sorry 4 your loss: I can't imagine how hard it is for you at this time. If you are early in your pregnancy, the miscarriage may not be much different from your usual per ... Read More

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