(NaturalHealth365) If a woman is seen drinking alcohol or taking recreational drugs while she is pregnant – she will be heavily criticized or even arrested, yet many women take potentially dangerous FDA approved drugs while they are pregnant. Is it possible that the approval process itself gives women a false sense of security?
“Approved” drugs range from over the counter (OTC) medicines, painkillers, antibiotics, anti-fungals, anti-emetics (to stop vomiting), anti-depressants and anti-epileptic drugs. Many women may be unaware of the risk these drugs pose to them and, more so, to their developing baby.
One addicted baby is born in the United States – every hour
A recent study published by JAMA showed that the use of prescription painkillers during pregnancy had grown by 300% in eight years (2000 – 2009), with one U.S. baby born suffering from opioid withdrawal every hour. The author of the report, Dr. Stephen Patrick of the University of Michigan, called the situation “a public health emergency.”
Three ways drugs can affect your unborn baby
Drugs, even those taken as prescribed, can:
1. Bring on uterine contractions and premature labor.
2. Cause fetal abnormalities.
3. Constrict the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrition to your baby via the placenta.
Children are at risk – earlier than most people think
The greatest risk to the fetus is in the first trimester, but some drugs (for instance Topamax, Depakote and Tegretol – used to prevent epileptic seizures) are particularly dangerous and can cause problems at any time during the pregnancy.
The worst effect on children due to prescription drug use
Did you know about the prescription drug birth defect scandal of recent times from Thalidomide, a supposedly safe anti-nausea and insomnia medication. Between 10,000 and 20,000 children worldwide suffered birth defects after their mothers took it in the late 1950’s and 60’s. Recently, Diflucan (a commonly used anti-fungal treatment) also made the news due to birth defects.
A report published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in May of this year noted mothers who take anti-depressants are more likely to have premature births and their babies were more likely to have lower birth weights and a higher risk of seizures.
Choose a safe, natural (side effect-free) system of medicine
The good news is that Homeopathy’s tiny doses make it safe to take even if you are pregnant, nursing or a new born baby. If possible, it is a great idea for women who are planning to conceive or are already pregnant to have constitutional treatment. There are also some great acute remedies you can take to help alleviate morning sickness.
Two rules for success
As always, match the type of nausea you have to the most similar remedy. Take one 30c dose only. If it works there is no need to repeat unless the same symptom(s) return.
Morning Sickness Remedies
Bryonia – Nausea, after over eating. Much worse for the slightest motion, so tendency to be still.
Ipecac – Incessant nausea not relieved by vomiting. Worse after over-eating.
Nux vomica – Nausea, after rich food or coffee. Chilly and irritable.
Pulsatilla – Nausea, after broken sleep or anxiety. Worse ice-cream and fatty foods.
Sepia – Nausea constant, with feelings of exhaustion and irritability with loved ones.
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About the author: For over 17 years, Mary Aspinwall has been a full time Registered Homeopath and is the founder of HomeopathyWorld.com. Mary offers a best selling range of homeopathy kits and you can read her blog at: HomeopathyWorld.com/blog. In addition, Mary has created a free e-book, “Basic Guide to Homeopathy”. Click Here for a consultation with Mary Aspinwall.