A drug that is commonly given to mothers who are expected to deliver a premature baby is found to have side effects that could last for generations.
Yes, synthetic glucocorticoid drugs, such as betamethasone, that are given to pregnant women in order to hasten the development of a fetus’s lungs, which otherwise lack substance called surfactant that helps the babies to breathe unassisted. Though the drug has life saving properties and it cuts the risk of death up to 40%, but still you are posing a threat to the brains and behavior of you grandchildren too.
But the good news is that, one dose of the drug will not lead to side effects. But I think this study has posed a dilemma in front of the pregnant women. And the dilemma is that should they endanger their premie’s life by not taking the drug to keep the future generations safe. Do you have any answer?