Patterns of Medication in Early Pregnancy: A Preliminary Report from the Jerusalem Perinatal Study
Since the thalidomide disaster, increasing attention has been focused on drugs as possible teratogens. Many commonly used drugs are teratogenic in animals but their role in the genesis of human malformations, within the usual range of dosage, remains in doubt (1). Human studies are beset with methodological difficulties, including the validity of retrospective investigation, the problems of selected populations and the difficulties of identifying malformations among early pregnancy losses (2,3). Furthermore, little is known of patterns of medication on large populations, or of the effect of demographic, cultural and health variables on the use of commonly prescribed drugs.
KeywordsEarly Pregnancy Congenital Malformation Maternal Education Vaginal Discharge Expectant Mother
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