Originally Posted by Xkwizit
Well, this is what happened, and I'm kind of freaking out about it... I just found out I am pregnant.. I was on this anti-biotic called Tetracycline and the face cream Stievamycin... apparently both causes birth defects, now most stuff I read online is that Stievamycin is safe to use in the first trimester.. I've stopped using it, Actually I've stopped using everything. I am 10 weeks along in my pregnancy and I just found out. The doctor who prescribed me the tetracycline, never told me not to take it if I was thinking about becoming pregnant, and now I am, and my OB/GYB told me that if taken within 6 to 9 weeks of pregnancy it gives you a high risk of having a baby with birth defects or NTD (Neural Tube Disorder). But most of the stuff I read online said that it affects bone development and yes can cause yellowing of bones and teeth, so it contradicts what my doctor was saying. I know that with any pregnancy there is a chance of birth defects, I just was hoping if anyone out there took it while pregnant, or if I'm actually safe for stopping before bone development within the 4 month? or, any help or information would be great!!
Has anyone else taken this drug in your first month or so in your pregnancy and was your baby okay? Apparently we won't be able to tell if there is anything wrong until the 20 week ultrasound. I'm really scared. Anyone have any insight or helpful information on this? I've stopped taking it, started taking my multi-vitamin and eating drinking things full in folic acid. I have a son who is 3 and who is healthy and no problems during that pregnancy. I just don't know how I could mentally cope if I could have harmed my baby unintentionally... Help..
Hello Mom, This is my story. I was pregnant at the age of 23. I did not know I was pregnant, no real signs, and periods were always irregular plus I was working 16 hour days 6 days a week with troubled teens. I took tetracycline---only a few pills---during my second month---and then rethought my decision to take it and got checked--finding out I was indeed pregnant--shortly therafter I almost miscarried--bedridden for five months--due to placental tearing--so they said---I had many many ultrasounds and later they said the baby was just fine--hooray--so I thought--when my beautiful son--and he was beautiful (still is) --was born --he had one thumb and two fingers---both hands were the same---nothing else was wrong---well that was enough---my doctor didn't think it was the tetracycline--and it was only a few doses that I took--I was pain stricken beyond belief---still pain stricken--but he has done so well and has amazing friends---loved by everyone--great guy--handsome--weightlifter, athlete, honors student---very intelligent--I am thankful---but I wonder--what else could have caused it--research states tetracyc. interferes with skeletal development---there it is in black and white---then research says when stopped the bones will continue to grow at regular pace---but did i just take those doses at the very wrong time-- a very critical moment--in his in utero development when hand bones were developing and those few doses changed the course of his hand development--seems likely to me--but still don't know for sure---I love my son more than I can say---and feel guilty every day--sometimes more than other days---I shine him with love and am there for him in whatever he needs always---he is my absolute hero because of the amazing kid that he is--not just because he overcame his physical difference--but because he is just a great human being---still I feel that I could have given him a better "deck of cards" from the get go--and finding out late--that is what I am angry at myself about the most. Anyway this is just my story to share. I hope all will be well with you and yours---P.S. Medical technologists missed his hand difference on the ultrasound--in one picture (looking at he picture after he was born) I can see his digits and tell--only because I was looking for it---ask them to pay close attention to bone development--all bones--during ulrasounds===good luck to you and yours and God Bless --any questions feel free to reply back to me.