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Use of medications affects fetal development and causes anomalies if taken during the first trimester. During entire pregnancy, medications can be prescribed if the benefits of taking them are greater than the risks involved. If you had been infected with Rubella (chronic infection) then it would have affected the fetus right in the beginning. The risks are high if mother gets infected during first and second trimester. The effects in fetus include constellation of symptoms constituting a syndrome that includes growth retardation, microcephaly (abnormally small head), cataracts, glaucoma, microphthalmia (abnormally small eyes), cardiovascular malformations, hearing loss, and mental retardation etc. Ultrasound scan done might help to reveal few of the anomalies, but most can be detected after baby is born. Get started on treatment as instructed by your treating gynecologist. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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