Watch out for Phyenlanine (and tylenol) if you are pregnant

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mq, Oct 4, 2002.

  1. mq

    mq New Member

    I just happily found out we were expecting Tuesday. After having some mild abdominal and lower back cramps yesterday, I did some checking in the Prescription for Nutritional Health. One of the ingredients in the the supplement I am taking for CFS, Phenylaline, has been known to stunt fetal brain growth. Tylenol has been known to stunt fetal growth. So please be aware. And if you are so inclined, breathe a prayer for the life of my baby.
    mq
  2. mq

    mq New Member

    I just happily found out we were expecting Tuesday. After having some mild abdominal and lower back cramps yesterday, I did some checking in the Prescription for Nutritional Health. One of the ingredients in the the supplement I am taking for CFS, Phenylaline, has been known to stunt fetal brain growth. Tylenol has been known to stunt fetal growth. So please be aware. And if you are so inclined, breathe a prayer for the life of my baby.
    mq
  3. mistyb

    mistyb New Member

    number three. Did not have this diagnosis when I had the other two. What are you taking right now, and how are you feeling. Did you go off the meds prior to conceiving? Having some trouble with the docs down here. Let me know, I would love to hear about you.

    misty
  4. mq

    mq New Member

    I was dx/ed w/ CFS and hypoglycemia about a month ago. I am on hydrocortisone, nystatin, and was taking Dr. Teitlebaums energy powder, as well as Olive Leaf (antibiotic-like). It's the energy powder that has the enzyme in it that's a no-no. Thyroid is usually ok, but my dr wanted to wait since I'm expecting. We don't use bc, so I can never take anything that might be contraindicated for pregnancy.
    What I am doing has helped. And of course, lifestyle changes such a fewer committments, more sleep and avoiding white flour and sugar have helped, too.
    hth
    mq
  5. granmama

    granmama New Member

    mq,
    I spent a good hour composing a lengthy reply to your concern on phenylalanine and it's effect on unborn children.

    It did not come through and was not posted. I was very disappointed too.

    In a nutshell, phenylalanine can be toxic to children born
    with Phenylketonuria, an inborn error in metabolism. This can cause retardation if not treated with a low protein diet and phenylalanine free formula.
    Also, female PKUs that become pregnant and the phenylalanine content in their blood can be toxic to their unborn babies. These women are encouraged to maintain the diet through their childbearing years.

    I know this because I have spent over 32 years concerned with the issue of phenylananine with my 2 PKU daughters and my grandchildren born from them.

    Also, PKUs are warned on diet products that the product contains phenylananine, which is ASPERTAME.

    If you wish to research more on phenylananine, you might look up Phenylketonuria.

    God bless you and your little baby.

    granmama hugs to you,
    granmama
  6. mq

    mq New Member

    I appreciat you taking time to write--twice! I don't have PKU, but d/c the enegry enfusion I was taking. I'd been feeling pretty good CFS wise, so I'm not sure what will happen now!
    Little cramping yesterday, none today, and no spotting at all...just a little nausea today, so I'm hopeful all is well....wish I could have gotten the on-call dr. to do a hgh, but I couldn't. Sigh. Will talk to my dr. tomorrow. And am anxiously awaiting a reply to the maker to the energy formula manufacturer!
    thanks again
    mq
  7. granmama

    granmama New Member

    Mq,
    Are you a thin person? One of my daughters has always been very thin and during her pregnancies she felt everything.
    Her specialist for High Risk Pregnancies said because she was thin that she would feel pain and movement of the baby more than a normal weight woman.
    She had the back pain, nausea, and reflux. Never had any spotting either. But when the babies started to move around she became more uncomfortable.
    Hey, one thing about her being pregnant, she always gained weight. Well, she was on her special formula and she was consuming lots of calories each day, for her and her baby.

    I wish you the best, take care.
    granmama