medication during pregnancy is not recommended for pregnant women as they can
have serious repercussions. Find out the dangers and risks of self medication
during any stage of pregnancy.
The news of a confirmed pregnancy excites a woman like no other
thing. She begins to dream of a new change; her transition from being a woman
to a mother is a overwhelming experience for her. So she will begin to plan
everything, right from the change in the decor of the house, to the changes in
her wardrobe, to everything so that her baby is in the most comfortable
condition all throughout.
A pregnant woman is often prone to
decide her lifestyle changes and certain habits. Self medication is one of
them. Many women often feel that they can self medicate themselves on â€śsimpleâ€ť health
issues and not bother anyone else in the family or report to the doctor. This
is a very wrong decision that can potentially have very dangerous
Why Self Medication is Not Recommended?
There are innumerable reasons that
justify the fact that self medication can indeed be harmful for the expectant
mother and the unborn child. Even OTC (over the counter) multi-vitamins can be
dangerous. Stated below are some of them:
If you indulge in self medication
during the first trimester, it can cause serious complications
for the foetus. Since the foetus is just formed, it is quite probable that the
condition of your body changes to an extent that it can no longer hold on or
sustain the new life. This implies that there are high chances of miscarriage
and if the complications are severe, it can affect negatively your future
chances of conception as well.
Malformation of the Baby
Self medication during any stage of
the pregnancy can hinder the normal growth of the foetus. There can be a slew of
malformation and developmental issues in the just conceived baby.
Development of Certain Organs is Affected
It has been found through numerous
studies that self medication by pregnant women can adversely interfere with the
development of the reproductive organs of the baby. This is due to the fact
that there are certain elements in the medicines that affect the development of
the baby and you are obviously unaware of it.
Cause Easy Infections
Research indicates that certain
drugs that are commonly resorted to during self medication can cause
irreparable damage to the body, when the individual is pregnant. Certain
genital diseases are easily contracted and urethral issues are found to occur
with self medication.
One needs to understand a vital fact.
Those entire grandmaâ€™s concoctions and so called effective home remedies are
better avoided during pregnancy. Although one might argue that these were in
practice in the previous generations and that todayâ€™s clinical set up was
unavailable during those ages, but since you are a part of this setup it is
recommended that you do not resort to those homely medicinal alternatives as
well. It is always better to safe than sorry.
Finally, try to understand a simple
fact, no pregnancy completes the gestation period without minor cold, cough,
fever and other similar minor ailments. So take them in your stride and make it
a point to report every little happening to your doctor. Follow his advice on
how you ought to deal with them and take the prescribed medications
accordingly. Also ensure that you follow all his suggestions regarding the
precautionary measures for each of those â€śminorâ€ť ailments. Remember, with the
observance of simple precautionary measures you will save yourself the need for
high dose medications.