With regret, we have to state that a pregnant woman gets sick no less than a woman who is not pregnant. Since pregnancy is not a disease but only a temporary and particular state of the female human body, it is complicated to rebuild in such a short time (some nine months). Reorganize to radically change your attitude to drugs and their swallowing in particular.
The fundamental basis for the risk of using pharmacological agents during pregnancy is that rapidly multiplying fetal cells are susceptible to any (!) external influences. The slightest disturbances in the development of these cells, especially in the first three months of pregnancy, can lead to severe congenital defects in the development of the fetus’s organs and, accordingly, the unborn child.
Any medication taken by a pregnant woman crosses the placenta and may affect the fetus. This fact does not indicate that all medicines have a terrible effect, but I repeat once again – they do! But now – that’s an entirely different conversation. The other is because neither the pregnant woman nor the relatives surrounding her in most cases have the slightest idea whether a pregnant woman can take aspirin with a cold. And the saddest thing is that, again, neither the pregnant woman nor her specialist relatives understand this. Without understanding, they make responsible but initially wrong decisions and then disentangle them for the rest of their lives.
The ability of a particular drug to affect the fetus depends on many different factors – the properties of the drug itself, its dose and duration of use, the time of pregnancy, the state of health of the pregnant woman in general, and the state of the placenta in particular. Even drugs that are initially very dangerous for the fetus may not cause any harm, and vice versa. Any description of the side effects of any drug only speaks of an increase in the likelihood of problems but does not at all indicate that difficulties will come. Just, most likely, they will not come – the Creator has invested too many reserves in the human body. But not a single pregnant representative of the human race, provided that he is of sound mind, will deliberately create problems for himself, increasing the risk of possible defectiveness in his offspring!
Suppose, by your own, excuse me, stupidity, or at the instigation of an evil mother-in-law, while in a pregnant state, you ate a tetracycline tablet. And then they read that this can not be done categorically, which is very strictly contraindicated, that the child will have bad teeth and a yellow complexion. In this situation, immediately reread the previous paragraph! For, most likely, none of this will happen, and there is nothing left before the birth of the days (months) to freak out, rush to the frightened mother-in-law, and generally fill your own, and hence the children’s blood, with adrenaline. Take it easy. Tantrums and self-flagellation affect the child no less than tetracycline.
The global theoretical basis for drug use in pregnancy is as follows:
1. People do not treat severe human diseases on their own! This is done by specially trained comrades, who are called doctors.
2. Pregnant people, especially people, should not be treated independently.
3. The doctor knows what is possible for a pregnant woman and what is not. We take it as an axiom.
4. From p.p. 1, 2, and 3, a logical conclusion follows: only a doctor can prescribe medication to a pregnant woman.
5. “Not serious” diseases – sneezed, coughed, sniffed, headache, temperature 37.5, tickle in the throat, growls in the stomach, etc., etc., are treated not because it is impossible to recover without drugs. Just don’t want to suffer.
6. A pregnant woman’s desire to make her life easier can, to put it mildly, go sideways. If an initially tolerable symptom does not go away or becomes intolerable, consult a doctor. Let the doctor ease your suffering.
Never forget that the mechanisms of drug action on the fetus are complicated to study. In order to determine whether this drug is pregnant or not, pundits:
1. They study the mechanisms of action of the drug on the tissues of the human body.
2. Conduct experiments on animals.
3. Observe pregnant lovers of self-treatment.
Experiments on pregnant women, of course, are not carried out. Animals have their problems. It turns out that out of 1,600 medicines fed to unfortunate animals, almost 800 caused developmental anomalies in the cubs of poor little animals. But!!! Only 30 of these drugs were dangerous to humans. On the other hand, the terrible drug thalidomide (a sleeping pill used in some European countries in the 50s and 60s), which causes awful deformities in humans, was eaten by kilograms by experimental rats without any consequences. In contrast, epinephrine, penicillin, and digoxin are dangerous to animals but not hazardous to humans.
So it turns out that experiments are experiments, but there is no complete certainty because there is only theory and single practical observations.
And I want to ask all pregnant women not to consider themselves and their unborn children as subjects of experimental activity.
Specific valuable instructions.
1. If tolerably endure.
2. If it’s terrible – see a doctor.
3. Points 1 and 2 are the more relevant, the shorter the gestational age. Special care in the first three months!
4. Never buy drugs without instructions. In all cases, when this drug in any way affects pregnancy, this will be written in the instructions without fail. Suppose there are no instructions (in your native language). In that case, this is the wrong medicine, the manufacturer unworthy of your attention, or, which is rare but entirely possible, the drug is not approved for use at all in the country where you are lucky enough to live.
5. Having studied the instructions, draw the correct conclusions.
6. Your GP, unlike your gynecologist, may not know you are pregnant. And if you come to him with complaints of a cough, please the doctor with this information before he starts writing prescriptions.
7. If the doctor has any doubts about whether it is possible or not, know that the most competent specialists who are fully aware of the admissibility of taking certain drugs by a pregnant woman work in medical genetic consultations. Go there and go.
8. If you did not know that you were pregnant and, due to a coincidence of illnesses or circumstances, swallowed something, be sure to consult your doctor, again, best of all, with a medical geneticist.
9. I repeat because of the particular importance of the issue. If you can bear it, bear it. If you can’t wait – go to the doctor – the doctor should have a headache about treating you.
PS And aspirin, which we mentioned, causes disturbances in the blood coagulation system in the fetus. And it is very undesirable to use it during pregnancy, and it is generally absolutely impossible in the later stages.
PSS Oh, I wonder, that lady in the television commercial that, rolling her eyes in delight, swallows aspirin-UPSA, is she, by chance, not pregnant?