"I don't need to see any Doctors because I know I cannot take medications during pregnancy"
I had a pregnant patient recently who said that she had a friend who has been having a sore throat for 2 weeks but has been refusing to see the doctor because she claims that the doctor can't do anything because she believes a pregnant woman cannot take any medications at all.
If you believe that you cannot take any medications at all during pregnancy and refuse to seek medical attention, you may be endangering yourself and your baby. People say that one has the right to believe anything you want and that is your right. But one really has to make sure that the belief is based on facts and not hearsay. This is one of the biggest challenges in family practise because most patients have beliefs which come from various sources. Some of these beliefs are wrong and so patient education is an ongoing process.
The fact of the matter is that during pregnancy, there are some medications which will affect the developing foetus and which should be avoided. BUT, there are also medications which are shown to be safe during pregnancy. If you have say, a mild chest infection and you refuse to see the Doctor because you believe that you should not take medications when you are pregnant, that mild infection may develop into full blown pneumonia and you may become septic (germs get into the blood). Then you may need to be admitted to hospital for intravenous antibiotics. That will be more dangerous for you and your unborn child.
The bottomline is this: If you are ill, see your doctor. He will be able to properly assess the condition and tell you if the illness requires medications.