Recently, the FDA issued a warning about the use of drugs in the valproate category – which include Depakote, Depacon, and valproic acid – being used to prevent migraine headaches during pregnancy. Their concern is that these drugs can lead to reduced IQ scores in children.

Actually, there are much more important concerns that arise from this warning. First of all, these drugs already have a boxed warning about the risk to the fetus of developing birth defects – so these women should never be on these drugs in the first place.

The other major concern that is tragically illustrated by this warning is the lack of knowledge that most doctors have about bio-identical hormones. Hormones are the chemicals that control every system of the body, and yet doctors receive almost no training in how these hormones can be used to treat the majority of medical illnesses, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, anxiety, insomnia, breast and prostate cancer, fibromyalgia, fatigue, asthma, migraine headaches, plus many others.

Needless to say, there are drugs that doctors prescribe for all these problems, because the idea of treating the underlying cause of a problem is not taught in medical schools, or even later on in their training.

So let me educate those of you who are interested. During the first trimester of a woman’s pregnancy, it is not unusual for there to be problems with morning sickness. The cause of this is a situation where the woman’s level of progesterone is insufficient to counteract the amount of estradiol that she is producing. This is called estrogen dominance, a situation that is also responsible for menstrual cramps, PMS, breast tenderness, fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, asthma, plus many other problems.

Another relatively common problem related to this disproportionate amount of estrogen is migraine headaches. When a woman is having a period and she develops a migraine headache, the application of progesterone cream will often eliminate it within 3-5 minutes.

With this in mind, wouldn’t it make more sense for pregnant women with a history of migraine headaches to be placed on bio-identical progesterone, in the form of a cream or vaginal suppositories, in order to prevent migraines?  At the same time, this would also get rid of their morning sickness and lower their chances of having a miscarriage. Another added benefit of progesterone, which can not be claimed by any other drug manufactured today, is that bio-identical progesterone is extremely beneficial to the fetus. Those women who utilize progesterone throughout their pregnancy will most likely   have an extremely intelligent, happy baby. And if they continue progesterone after child delivery, they will not have postpartum depression. For a more detailed explanation of these issues, please refer to my book or manual.

So the question arises, why is it that doctors are still using any toxic drugs in pregnant women?