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Babies being born with some very common types of birth defects have been attributed to mothers who smoke during their first trimester of pregnancy.
Maternal cigarette smoking in the first trimester was associated with a 20 to 70 percent greater likelihood that a baby would be born with certain types of congenital heart defects.
The prescription drug Depakote is currently the most prescribed branded treatment for patients with mania associated with bipolar disorder as well as for the treatment of epilepsy.
When pregnant women need medications, there is often concern about possible effects on the fetus.
The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to health care professionals and patients about the potential increased risk of birth injuries and birth defects when valproate sodium and related products (e.g. Depacon, Depakote or Stavzor) are used by mothers during pregnancy.
Despite the reassurances of Pasternak and Hviid in their study, "Use of Proton-Pump Inhibitors (PPI) in Early Pregnancy and the Risk of Birth Defects," featured in the Nov. 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, an epidemiologist from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) believes that further studies are needed.
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Scientific data continue to indicate that higher intake of alcohol during pregnancy adversely affects the fetus, and could lead to very severe developmental or other problems in the child.
Mothers who are exposed to certain antiviral drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy do not face an increased risk of birth defects, according to a new study.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart continues to support the March of Dimes to raise funds to ensure that every baby gets a healthy start in life.
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