I was just curious to know if any non-carrier mom's were on any type of medication during their pregnancy of a child diagnosed and the father didn't have the disease.

Naomi

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Naomi,
I am currently having carrier testing done. Since there is no sign of it in my family anywhere, I believe that I am not a carrier. I remember when I was pregnant with Kian, my AFP's were irregular and I had to have an amnio to rule out Downs. I was very careful during all of my pregnancies, but I was wondering if anyone else had abnormal AFP's.
I WASN'T on any medication during pregnancy and all the pre-natal testing done was perfect. My son did not have any health problems after birth either. Without the DMD newborn screening study we participated in, we would have no idea about him having DMD.

I do not get your question about the father. Are you asking about my husband? He has nothing to do with our son's DMD since the gene is on the X chromosome.

Anyway, we have no family history and there are no carriers in my family including myself. Of course, I can still be a germline carrier as many of us.
I was not on any meds
Ofelia,
By asking about the father, I did mean your husband. But sometimes the 'father' isn't always the "dad"! ;)

Naomi
Right. What confused me is the fact that you are asking about the father. Fathers have nothing to do with their son's DMD since the gene is on the X chromosome. The boys get the Y chromosome from their father, so NOT the chromosome containing the defective gene, that comes from the mothers. For a moment there I was thinking you might be asking about my father, girls get an X chromosome from their fathers so they might be carriers b/c of that. Anyway, I am not carrier and don't have any family history.

Joshua's mom said:
Ofelia,
By asking about the father, I did mean your husband. But sometimes the 'father' isn't always the "dad"! ;)

Naomi
Hi,

I have no family history and did not take any medications while pregnant.
I do not have any family history either. I had testing done and am not a carrier. No other meds except insulin during my pregnancy with Daniel or any of my kids. I had gestational diabetes during all my pregnancies except the last one.
No family history on either side, my mother refuses to be tested (can't deal with the guilt, but she has 3 healthy brothers and I have multiple male cousins), but my sister was tested and is not a carrier, I am a carrier, same deletion as my son. I took Vicodin with pregnanacy for severe migraines, had to take it with both kids. We have not had my daughter tested for carrier status yet, she is only 4 years old.
Janine,

I am epileptic and was/am on many medications because of it. All the meds I am on though cause all the DMD symptoms and can cause diseases of many varieties. ( Don't get me wrong, Joshua was diagnosed with DMD). My ex-neurologist though assured me the meds would be okay to use during pregnancy and they aren't, hence the ex-. In my researching though, I found that a multitude of medications can cause these diseases by having different effects on the baby's body in the womb. There is no history of Duchenne anywhere in my family. We may be on of the %, but it's always been in the back of my mind.

Naomi
I'm not a carrier and wasn't on any medication during my pregnancy.
Not entirely true. This does not come up often, since not many boys live long enough to be able to have children. In the future, as treatments prolong the lives of our boys, this may become an issue for some of us. If a man with DMD has a daughter, she will always be a carrier. If he has a boy, he will always be healthy.
http://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/resources/patientinfo/genetics/DM...

Ofelia Marin said:
Right. What confused me is the fact that you are asking about the father. Fathers have nothing to do with their son's DMD since the gene is on the X chromosome.
Naomi,
I understand your frustration over the possible effects of medications during pregnancy. I'm sorry to hear that your ex-doctor was not fully honest with you.
I haven't heard of a connection between DMD and seizure medication. I am not an expert though. I would suggest going to the OTIS website (otispregnancy.org). They have specialists who you can call and ask as many questions as you would like. I have had good experiences with their company and recommend them as a source of information.
Good luck on your info search.
Joshua's mom said:
Janine,
I am epileptic and was/am on many medications because of it. All the meds I am on though cause all the DMD symptoms and can cause diseases of many varieties. ( Don't get me wrong, Joshua was diagnosed with DMD). My ex-neurologist though assured me the meds would be okay to use during pregnancy and they aren't, hence the ex-. In my researching though, I found that a multitude of medications can cause these diseases by having different effects on the baby's body in the womb. There is no history of Duchenne anywhere in my family. We may be on of the %, but it's always been in the back of my mind.
Naomi

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