Many in our volunteer family are in their childbearing years. It is estimated that 1–2% of pregnant women will require anesthesia during their pregnancy for surgeries such a gallbladder removal, appendicitis, or for trauma unrelated to the delivery.
The FDA has just released a controversial warning on anesthetic and sedative use in Pregnant Women and children. The repeated or lengthy (>3 hours) use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than three years or in pregnant women in the third trimester may affect the child's developing brain, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned today in a Safety Communication. As a result, the FDA is requiring warnings to be added to the labels of general anesthetic and sedation drugs. No particular anesthetic or sedation drug has been shown to be safer than any other, the FDA notes. The full article is available: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/873310?