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Q. My wife got pregnant after taking Unwanted 72. Is the baby going to be normal?

Answered by
Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 06, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

My wife took one Unwanted 72 pill after intercourse. But, it failed and resulted in a pregnancy. However, we decided to go ahead with the pregnancy. Now, please help us with the following questions: Does Unwanted 72 pill cause any problems or defects to the fetus? Unknowingly, She has consumed few pieces of semi-ripened papaya. Does this cause any growth problems to the fetus? She lifted a 20-liter water can for household purpose. Does this cause any impact? She had a chest discomfort. After an ECG, the doctor gave her Ranidom DSR tables and she consumed five of them during the first trimester. Does this impact the growth of the baby in any way? We found her to be pregnant at seven weeks and did not start Folic acid until then. Does this impact the fetus growth? A few days after taking Unwanted 72, bleeding occurred and it stopped. We suspected missed periods. Please provide your views on that. What else can be done to catch up with the missed diet and not taking Folic acid or proper precautions? I request you to give us proper guidance.

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Obstetrics And Gynaecology


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  • Let me start by saying that your baby is absolutely fine. All the things that you both missed or had done unknowingly are not going to affect the baby or its growth. The normal growth of the baby in the scan or antenatal examination only means that the baby's health is strong enough to resist all the hurdles. Let me explain one by one.
  • Unwanted 72 is a high dose of the progesterone hormone in the form of Levonorgestrel. This is the same hormone given during pregnancy and also produced by the ovary and placenta to support the baby. So, there is no question of the baby having any sort of damage due to this hormone.
  • Any natural food will not cause harm to the baby. It is an old myth that papaya, pineapple or dates cause abortions or uterine bleeding. Had that been true, she would have had bleeding, and had an abortion by now. So, you have proved the myth wrong. Even if you have these throughout the pregnancy, nothing will happen.
  • The baby is attached to the mother's womb by a chemical and hormonal support. So, just straining, sneezing, coughing or using a force in any manner will not affect the baby. Had these been reasons for abortions, everyone wanting an abortion would have had lots of papaya, pineapple and lifted lots of weight. The only way to disturb the attachment would be to directly rub it or pierce it. She can continue her daily activities as usual until the delivery.
  • Her chest discomfort was due to gastritis in pregnancy. The tablets which she had, are routinely prescribed by doctors. They do not have much of an effect on the baby. Safer options like syrup Mucaine, Tricaine or Gelusil (Aluminium hydroxide gel) can be used. But, what she had is also safe.
  • The best source of Folic acid is from food. The requirement of Folic acid is decimal. So, the baby would have taken the required Folic acid from the mother's body. Had there been any deficiency, the baby would have got aborted by now.
  • That spotting which occurred a few days after, is the implantation bleeding. As the embryo bores into the uterine lining, it causes few drops of blood to come out. This blood may come out as few drops of fresh blood or as a brownish discharge. Do not worry. This will not affect the baby.
  • Also, let me tell you that pregnancy is not a disease. We advise all the medications to avoid any complications. Your baby is so strong that it has supported itself well and did not budge to the pills. It will get all that is required from the mother's body. So do not worry about the baby. Just pray to Almighty to give baby all the health and to go through the rest of the pregnancy with all health and without any complications.
  • We have had cases where the lady comes in with abdominal pain and complaints of some abdominal mass when nearly due for delivery. And only then, she realizes that she was pregnant. So, I mean to say that even if you do not do anything for the baby, God will take care of it and deliver all that is required from the mother's body.

Hope I have clarified your queries. Do write back. All the best.

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