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Old 06-25-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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the main reason I'm posting about this topic is I'm wondering how widespread this problem is... plus tossing in a 'word of caution' to anyone who either is pregnant or planning for it:

during the last few months, when having a little free time to watch t.v., I've seen commercials for numerous law firms going along the line of 'if you took___' (with a list of 'popular' meds appearing on the screen) 'during your pregnancy, and your child was born with ____' (list of life-altering birth defects)... and advising viewers to call for legal help.

it doesn't seem to me there'd be numerous law firms offering this assistance if there isn't plenty of people needing it... how is this happening??? I mean the medical community has known for many decades that anything a pregnant woman puts into her system affects her unborn child... so how can reputable drs prescribe this kind of stuff?!?
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:46 PM
 
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"reputable" doctors also vaccinate pregnant women.
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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There are risks with everything including childbirth. But, when something happens to your child it is easy to blame doctors for it, pharmaceutical companies, etc. therefore these lawsuits are quite lucrative for the attorneys but not for you and your child. The fact is that it doesn't take Einstein to figure out that if you take any pills other than vitamins that you could be harming your unborn baby...if not pregnant you could be harming yourself and those pills have plenty of disclaimers/side effects, etc. to inform you of that. I choose not to take any prescription pills regardless of pregnancy and absolutely don't now that I am expecting. Those commercials are based on recalls, drugs being pulled or things being found out after the fact from people who had babies years and years ago.

I choose not to worry about that, educate myself and do what is best for me and my unborn child. I have plenty of other things to worry about than those commercials with the shady attorneys who are only out for themselves.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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those are 'ambulance chasers'.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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those are 'ambulance chasers'.
do you think it's as common as they make it sound?
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:17 PM
 
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There are risks with everything including childbirth. But, when something happens to your child it is easy to blame doctors for it, pharmaceutical companies, etc. therefore these lawsuits are quite lucrative for the attorneys but not for you and your child. The fact is that it doesn't take Einstein to figure out that if you take any pills other than vitamins that you could be harming your unborn baby...if not pregnant you could be harming yourself and those pills have plenty of disclaimers/side effects, etc. to inform you of that. I choose not to take any prescription pills regardless of pregnancy and absolutely don't now that I am expecting. Those commercials are based on recalls, drugs being pulled or things being found out after the fact from people who had babies years and years ago.

I choose not to worry about that, educate myself and do what is best for me and my unborn child. I have plenty of other things to worry about than those commercials with the shady attorneys who are only out for themselves.
yes, I agree people should be 'partners in their health care' (meaning being informed, etc.), but I still believe people should be able to trust their doctors
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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the main reason I'm posting about this topic is I'm wondering how widespread this problem is... plus tossing in a 'word of caution' to anyone who either is pregnant or planning for it:

during the last few months, when having a little free time to watch t.v., I've seen commercials for numerous law firms going along the line of 'if you took___' (with a list of 'popular' meds appearing on the screen) 'during your pregnancy, and your child was born with ____' (list of life-altering birth defects)... and advising viewers to call for legal help.

it doesn't seem to me there'd be numerous law firms offering this assistance if there isn't plenty of people needing it... how is this happening??? I mean the medical community has known for many decades that anything a pregnant woman puts into her system affects her unborn child... so how can reputable drs prescribe this kind of stuff?!?


LOL I was just talking about this with my boyfriend! Everytime I see those commercials I tell him "see thats why I wont even take Tylenol whole Im pregnant."
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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LOL I was just talking about this with my boyfriend! Everytime I see those commercials I tell him "see thats why I wont even take Tylenol whole Im pregnant."
I was so excited a few weeks after my daughter was born when I didn't feel well one day and realized I could have a couple of aspirin!

Those lawyers are charlatans and ambulance chasers, as others have said. Sometimes babies are born with birth defects for which there is no known cause, and the lawyers are banking on the needs of modern people to have an explanation and someone or something to blame instead of just accepting that sh** happens. If they can persuade someone that maybe their precious little bundle isn't perfect because of this, that or the other thing, then the next step is signing them up to persuade a civil jury of the same thing. At one-third the settlement amount plus expenses. If it wasn't such a lucrative business, they wouldn't be spending megabucks on television advertising, would they.

This is why your ob/gyn pays a couple hundred thousand dollars a year in malpractice insurance, which drives up costs and therefore health insurance premiums, and why some ob/gyns won't accept as patients lawyers or wives of lawyers.

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Old 07-06-2011, 07:59 AM
 
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the main reason I'm posting about this topic is I'm wondering how widespread this problem is... plus tossing in a 'word of caution' to anyone who either is pregnant or planning for it:

during the last few months, when having a little free time to watch t.v., I've seen commercials for numerous law firms going along the line of 'if you took___' (with a list of 'popular' meds appearing on the screen) 'during your pregnancy, and your child was born with ____' (list of life-altering birth defects)... and advising viewers to call for legal help.

it doesn't seem to me there'd be numerous law firms offering this assistance if there isn't plenty of people needing it... how is this happening??? I mean the medical community has known for many decades that anything a pregnant woman puts into her system affects her unborn child... so how can reputable drs prescribe this kind of stuff?!?
I concur with other posters about the ambulance chasers - there is always someone of questionable ethics ready to exploit the legal system - I don't think, on the whole, it's the doctors who are the charlatans.

Many women have conditions that require them to be on medication - the question considered by their doctors is "do the potential benefits of staying on meds outweigh the risks?" for both mother and child. It depends on the specific case as well as the patient's input. Another thing to note is different meds have different levels of accumulated research - a med that had no documented ill effects 10 years ago might have been discovered to be higher risk over the past decade's research. It's why doctors will tend towards prescribing older meds with a large documented body of research behind them before prescribing newer meds for pregnant women.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:36 AM
 
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I was actually put on some medications to save my pregnancy. I have recurrent miscarriages and was found to have blood clotting and autoimmune problems that were attacking the pregnancy and causing me to miscarry. I took lovenox (blood thinner) and immune suppresants during DD's pregnancy and she is a very healthy little girl who will turn 1 tomorrow. Without these medications, she likely would have miscarried too.
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