(I’m not sure if this is appropriate for GQ, as I’m to a certain extent asking for (informed) speculation, so I’d be fine with a move to IMHO, if that’s its proper place.)
When my mother was pregnant with yours truly, at first, perhaps because she was already quite old, it (I) was diagnosed as a sort of hormone imbalance (obviously, I’m relying on second hand accounts here). Accordingly, she received some sort of hormone treatment.
As it became apparent that I was going to be a child after all, the doctors reportedly advised an abortion, as the treatment would likely have caused damage to the developing fetus (again, that’d be me). My parents, ultimately, decided against that (obviously), and I was born reasonably healthy, although with a tardiness that has stayed with me to this day (I hadn’t bothered to turn around before birth).
There was some talk about possible long-term effects, and one of my sisters once told me that they were instructed to watch me for possible ‘minimal brain disfunction (her words, as I recall them)’, though there’s a chance it was just her way to tell me I’m stupid. About the only abnormity I’ve wondered about somewhat is my total absence of a sense of smell, however.
So, any idea what treatment she would likely have received? And what are the typical effects of such a treatment on the developing fetus?