Denise - posted on 04/10/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )
Ok,this is a random topic that bugs me, so I'm going to speak my mind freely.I've been seeing commercials urging women to contact lawyers if they had a baby with birth defects due to taking antidepressants during pregnancy.When I first saw this commercial I was outraged.Here are my thoughts on the matter.I hope I dont ofend anyone by saying this.
First,I don't think the women have the right to sue anyone if they willingly took the meds knowing they were carrying a child.I know there may be instances when a person may not know right away that they are pregnant but in order to cause defects in the baby the mother would have to take the meds for a significant amt of the pregnancy.
Secondly,I understand that some people do need medication to control depression and other conditions.I took antidepressants a few yrs back so I know they can help.However,I can also say that ,as a person who has suffered recurring bouts with depression,it may not be best to have a child until the issues are under control.It's already enough dealing with the hormone issues of a pregnancy so why would a person who's already depressed do that to themself and the child?
Lastly,I feel that if the woman cannot go without taking the medication she should discuss with her doctor maybe doing something that may not affect the baby.The mere idea of knowing that a woman is blessed with the ability to carry a child but would abuse it by harming the child then have the audacity to sue the drug company makes me sick! I believe women who do that shouldn't be allowed to have children.The poor defenseless child doesnt stand a chance with a mother like that.If anyone here has gone through this personally,I feel bad for you but I don't have a shred of sympathy for the woman who would do this.My sympathy lies with the child.I just had to get this off my chest.