Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife
You can research legal meds often prescribed for morning sickness (or other pregnancy related conditions) and come up with scary side effects and their impact on the fetus.
I'm going to do a lot more research on drugs, in general, before I have this baby. After a c-section, moms here are routinely given a drug called Voltaren (generic name is dicoflenac) by suppository. I was given it after dd, without being told, until it came time to insert the second one (they gave me the first while the spinal was still active). I got it with ds2, as well. When I had Aaron, they gave it to me in the hospital, and then sent me home with a prescription for it. So...I took it, but after a couple of days, I found myself wondering why they'd given me a prescription this time, when I'd been in surgical recovery the other two times, as well. I did a bit of digging and found that it can cause gastro-intestinal side effects, and is not proven safe for breastfeeding mothers - the drug does pass into breastmilk, and the safe level isn't known.
So, I can't have a glass of wine, according to many, because the safe level of alcohol consumption isn't known. But, it's okay to give me drugs while I'm establishing breastfeeding, that have no known safe level for breastfeeding mothers - and not even tell
me?? I don't trust medications.
It also seems more than a little bizarre to me that they routinely give something that's known to cause gastro-intestinal problems (inc. ulcers) to women who are already recovering from abdominal surgery
Anyway - the real problem I had with it is that they're also concerned. Nothing else explains why they gave me a prescription to take home when I had no living baby...but didn't give me such a prescription when I was a breastfeeding mother. To me, that says that they
aren't even sure it's safe...and I think a woman has the right to be informed of that fact.
But...if there'd been any suspicion that I'd smoked pot
(gasp in horror now, ladies), they'd have probably come down on me like a ton of bricks. Guess it's only okay to potentially endanger babies if you have a medical degree.