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December 16th, 2011, 10:26 AM
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Two-thirds of B.C. women prescribed drugs during pregnancy
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December 16th, 2011, 02:34 PM
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I took two prescribed drugs for both pregnancies that were not in the "no risk" category. I did a lot of reading and talked to a lot of professionals to make the decision to stay on them.

I have epilepsy, and the risk to my baby of going off the medicine and having a seizure was higher than the risk to stay on. Research shows the % of babies born with birth defects while the mother is on this drug is about 1-2% higher than the average risk. Still under 5% so I took that risk.

I also have Crohn's Disease. The medicine I'm on is too new to say for sure it's 100% safe, but preliminary studies say it is. There is a bigger chance of something going wrong if I were to flare during pregnancy. And my Crohn's (bowel disorder) would come back with a vengeance if I went off the medicine.

I also did a lot of reading and talked to a lot of professionals about breastfeeding while on them, and decided to do it.
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December 20th, 2011, 09:16 AM
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I think it's good that you had solid information to make your decision. It's really all about weighing risks to figure out what is the best thing for you and your child, and information really helps.
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