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Planning Pregnancy May Cut Birth Defects
Date:4/8/2012

k with your doctor," advised Campbell.

The warning applies to more than prescription drugs, too -- including all over-the-counter medications as well as herbs and dietary supplements.

"People assume because you can buy something over-the-counter that it's safe and you don't have to worry about it," Campbell said. "But there are some herbal preparations that can be a risk for infants, and there may be adulterants in the product. These may not cause birth defects, per se, but could cause neurologic changes that could cause irritability and behavior problems."

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The Nemours Foundation has more on birth defects.

For more on preventing birth defects, read about one woman's efforts to manage medications and pregnancy.

SOURCES: Deborah Campbell, M.D., director, division of neonatology, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City, Diane Ashton, M.D., deputy medical director, March of Dimes, White Plains, N.Y.


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