Though Diazepam (also known as Generic Valium) is for both men and women, women should be cautioned against taking Diazepam while they are pregnant or breastfeeding. Benzodiazepines (the class of drugs Diazepam is located in) can enter into the placenta during pregnancy, causing the fetus to become Diazepam dependent. Also, Diazepam through the fetus can cause abnormal development of the fetus (a main cause of birth defects), it can cause blood vessels to constrict and reduce oxygen supply and nutrients to the fetus causing underdevelopment and making the baby underweight when born, and it can cause uterus muscles to contract with force, which can injure the fetus, reduce blood supply, and even trigger premature labor.
Once born, the baby will experience common withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, sleeping problems, breathing problems, trembling, depression, and muscle weakness. Other withdrawal symptoms a newborn baby will have include aspiration while feeding, abnormal sleep patterns, inconsolable crying, diarrhea, and growth retardation. Generic Valium can even be transported through breast milk, so it is just as important to avoid Generic Valium while breastfeeding.
Fetuses that are exposed to Generic Valium are also prone to Benzodiazepine syndrome (closely related to fetal alcohol syndrome) Mobius Syndrome, microcephaly, Dandy-Walker malformation including liccencephaly, polycystic kidney, differing levels of mental retardation, convulsions, and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Another disease that newborns are prone to if the mother takes Valium while pregnant is floppy baby syndrome. Symptoms of floppy baby syndrome include withdrawal symptoms, lethargy, hypothermia, feeding problems, and respiratory problems. (However, it should be notes that none of these symptoms were permanent.)
And it is not just pregnant women who need to worry about Diazepam. If you take an oral contraceptive, such as the birth control pill, you can also be at risk. Birth control pills reduce the ability of Generic Valium to metabolize properly. Improper metabolization leads to an increase in residual Generic Valium that remains in the system, even after its half-life is over. If you are on birth control and you need to take Generic Valium to treat anxiety, talk with your doctors on possibly changing the dosages of medication so the Diazepam will still metabolize properly in your system.