Im Pregnant, Can I Take Glutathione?

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  1. From my research, I can see that taking Glutathione during pregnancy should not cause any harmful effects if you get it from a high fruit diet. (This is the natural form of Glutathione). It may have a beneficial effect in the prevention of premature birth due to it’s anti oxidant capacities.
    The use of Glutathione to prevent early labor and delivery in women who develop pre eclampsia and associated high blood pressure is still being tested. Some very small tests have determined that it is possible that the anti oxidant effects of Glutathione and Selenium may help prevent premature birth by helping to counterract the effects of certain environmental contaminants, such as PCB’s, on the uterus and in the body’s Oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions.
    Living organisms derive most of their energy from oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions, which are processes involving the transfer of electrons. Flavin coenzymes participate in redox reactions in numerous metabolic pathways. Flavins are critical for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. FAD is part of the electron transport (respiratory) chain, which is central to energy production. In conjunction with cytochrome P-450, flavins also participate in the metabolism of drugs and toxinshttp://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vi…
    Antioxidant functions
    Glutathione reductase is an FAD-dependent enzyme that participates in the redox cycle of glutathione. The glutathione redox cycle plays a major role in protecting organisms from reactive oxygen species, such as hydroperoxides.
    Glutathione peroxidase, a selenium-containing enzyme, requires two molecules of reduced glutathione to break down hydroperoxides.
    Glutathione reductase requires FAD to regenerate two molecules of reduced glutathione from oxidized glutathione. Riboflavin deficiency has been associated with increased oxidative stress. Measurement of glutathione reductase activity in red blood cells is commonly used to assess riboflavin nutritional status.

  2. See your OB to determine what medications you can or cannot take. Except for NSAIDs any medication is fine under care of a physician. Watch out for supplements because they’re not regulated by the FDA here in the USA.
    How Should Glutathione Be Taken?
    Glutathione is probably not well absorbed into the body when taken by mouth. One way to get around that is to take it by vein. A more practical solution is to take the precursors — that is, the molecules the body needs to make glutathione — rather than glutathione itself. While there is no solid proof this works, the consensus among experts is that that doing so will increase the amount of glutathione in the cells.
    Bounous has developed a glutathione-enhancing product called Immunocal, which is made up of glutathione precursors, mainly the amino acid cysteine. http://www.webmd.com/content/article/11/
    Medications
    Many drugs are appropriate for use in pregnancy, if really needed. But a pregnant woman shouldn’t take any medication, even an over-the-counter one, unless she checks with her doctor first. If possible, she should avoid taking drugs in the first trimester or taking more than one medication at a time. She can also ask for the lowest dose possible to treat her condition.
    Some medications have a long history of being used in pregnancy without problems. A pregnant woman shouldn’t be deprived of drug therapy she really needs, says Sandra Kweder, M.D., the co-chair of FDA’s task force on pregnancy labeling. She adds that women with pre-existing medical conditions such as epilepsy, lupus, asthma, or high blood pressure shouldn’t quit their drugs because of pregnancy. Safer drugs can be used if necessary, but those medical conditions still need to be treated.
    Kweder explains, “A common thing with patients is that they’ll say, ‘I know I’m supposed to take medication, but I’m worried about my baby, so I’ll take less of it instead.’ They’ll take it every other day, or half as much. That’s not wise.”
    The risks of a drug have to be weighed against its benefits. For example, some epilepsy drugs are known to cause birth defects, but an epileptic seizure can cause brain damage to the fetus. Most experts agree that the benefits of medication in such cases outweigh the risks.
    Other drugs, however, are not so clear-cut. “It’s really hard because there aren’t easy answers,” says Kweder. “For a baby to be healthy, it needs a mother who’s healthy.” However, most drugs have not been tested scientifically in pregnant women. Reliable scientific information about medication use in pregnancy is often incomplete or nonexistent. FDA is trying to change that.
    The agency has begun a comprehensive review about how it regulates drugs for pregnant women and how safety information is communicated on the label. The present system is not as helpful as the agency would like. “The system has been criticized, and rightly so,” says Kweder. “It is complicated to interpret data for medications used in pregnancy. We’re making progress, but it’s slow.”
    A new system is needed, she says, but it will be difficult to create. Drugs can’t be tested in pregnant women the same as in other groups of people. Animal studies, while helpful, don’t necessarily show what a drug will do to a woman and developing fetus.
    In the meantime, a woman who has taken a drug and discovers she is pregnant should consult her doctor and avoid making decisions about her pregnancy in panic. While about 80 percent of approved drugs lack adequate scientific evidence about use in pregnancy, that doesn’t necessarily mean they can harm the fetus or are harmful in the doses prescribed.
    Only a very few drugs definitely known to be extremely bad for a human fetus are clearly labeled or, in one case, have special requirements attached to their approval. The drug thalidomide, which was recently approved by FDA to treat leprosy and is being explored for other uses, is devastating to developing fetuses and causes severe deformities of the arms and legs. FDA is requiring that patients who take the drug enroll in a national registry that will track their progress monthly and record the occurrence of any pregnancy. The hope is that this process will discourage physicians from prescribing the drug to women who might become pregnant and keep patients from “sharing” the drug with a woman of childbearing age. http://www.webmd.com/content/article/6/1

  3. See your Doctor and/or webmd.com or pdrhealth.com Herbert West III west.herb@yahoo.com

  4. congratulation…my wife is 20 weeks.
    CONTRAINDICATIONS
    Glutathione is contraindicated in those hypersensitive to any component of a glutathione-containing product.
    PRECAUTIONS
    Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid the use of supplementary glutathione.
    dont take additional..
    good luck

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