My daughter-in-law gave birth to a baby boy about 6 months ago, she was 18 when she had the baby and has since come across information she wished she'd researched when she was pregnant.

One of the things she came across was how over the counter drugs, antihistamines for cough and colds for example were unsafe to use and could cause problems in the fetus or complications during delivery. She'd had a cold in her last month of pregnancy but because of an allergy to cold medication, didn't take anything for it. She confided in me that had she not had allergies she might have taken the cold medicine and wouldn't have thought it could cause any harm to the baby.

She also  was a smoker during her pregnancy and thought that smoking during pregnancy only caused a lower birth weight in the baby, she later found out that maternal smoking was also linked to asthma among infants and young children, and that her child's odds of developing asthma are twice as high because she had smoked more than 10 cigarettes a day. 

Knowledge is power, and getting informed is so important when you're carrying a life inside you that is dependent on you for its health and well-being.

If you're pregnant or know someone who is, or are even considering getting pregnant yourself you may want to read up on how to have a healthy pregnancy, what causes birth defects and how to prevent them.



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