I have had severe tooth pain (root canal that really needs to be done, but so expensive I have not been able to afford to do anything) and have had several kidney and bladder infections since I have become pregnant. I have had to take alot of antibiotics and hydrocodone for the pain. I was curious of what I was taking, how much the baby is actually getting? I do not want my baby being addicted to pain meds when she is born and Im scared because of how many I have taken that she could possibly be. Even though the doctor has prescribed them to me I feel I have taken so many since Ive been pregnant that if I averaged it out I'd say, give or take a month or two, Ive steadily taken pain meds 4-5 times per day. I do not want my baby addicted and I am only a month away from my due date and still suffer from alot of pain. What should I do?
11 May 2012
Most Dr's will not prescribe any opiate to a pregnant woman and if what you say is true you (and baby) are well on the way to some unfortunate consequences. Does the prescribing physician know you're pregnant? Based on your term " a lot of" sounds like you may not be getting these from a Dr. The best way to ensure a healthy baby is to keep this crap out of your system. Hope this helps.
11 May 2012
It has become a common practice for OB doctors to give pain medication to pregnant ladies. I know when I was pregnant I could not even have tylenol and I took care of my daughter while she was on bedrest for Asthma and demanded that they keep the meds and steriods to the safest possible limit.. taking into account my daughter literally lost her breath while pregnant.
My grandchild is in the 90th percentile of almost all of his charted growth.. to help you understand better how much they get, the steroids caused his soft spot to grow completely in.. no spot for growth as the bones closed too early. He is seen by a plastic surgeon every 2 months to make sure he is not having bleeding, swelling, or other growth problems.
She had no choice but to take medication because she could not breathe on her on.
I would not recommend anything other than the basic OTC.. allowed meds because this little man I have here with me now, lord only knows how much suffering he will endure.
My recommendation would be to stop taking it and take your prenatal. Maybe ibuprophen and swapping a tylenol here and there could help you manage til after delivery. By the time you reach 7 months baby is getting larger amounts of any chemical put into the body so I wouldn't chance it.
I am sympathetic to your pain as I know full well what suffering is like but you have a little time left and might can make a huge impact of wellness.
Best of luck to you and baby!
13 May 2012
i am 21 weeks pregnant. this is my seventh pregnancy but will be only my 3rd living child. i have very poor calcium so it causes a lot of dental problems and i am deathly afraid of the dentist so that causes more problems. i also have a stomache condition that i have been living with for going on 4 years now that no doc has been able to pin point the cause of but it leaves me in crippling pain every moment of the day. my ob and dentist have both written me scripts for lortabs when was needed and everything with my son is fine. his growth, organ development, everything. i was prescribed things with my youngest daughter and she came out with out any dependancies or problems. i understand why you r so worried and i am on the same page with you but the majority of health care proffesionals will not give you something or enough of something that will harm your baby or you.
yes there are some doctors who dont seem to care and just write whatever will get you out of the office but the majority stand by that oath they took when they became a doctor. if you are so worried about ur baby becoming addicted ease up on taking your meds. only take them when u just absolutely cannot stand the pain. but a little wont hurt the baby. they give you pain meds after birth which are excreted in breastmilk and taken in by the child. i am almost certain everything will be ok with you and your baby. good luck. hope this helped at least a little.
14 May 2012
Okay. Have some good news, and possibly bad news for you!!! When I was 5 months pregnant, I was in a very critical car accident. I was in intensive care for along time with a shattered femur that could NOT be fixed until I was more stable. I was given LOTS of pain meds through IV for appx. 6 weeks. I had femur replacement awake, because this was 1977 and they would Not Put You To Sleep back then. I delivered her natural on time, LEARNING HOW TO HAVE TO WALK ALL OVER AGAIN. SHE was 5 lbs. 15ozs. and absolutely perfect, & straight A student in school, & college. They said I was in my "SAFEST" month of pregnancy when that happened, and she was NOT BORN with any addiction or anything!! When I was pregnant with ny Son, (I did not know it yet) & I fell off my horse and broke my right arm in 3 places. I lived in Texas then, and they just don't cast it at the hospital, they put a splint on it, and took me 3 weeks to get into an Orthropedic DR.
for a cast!! I was also on PERCOCETTES the entire 3 weeks. My son was also born EXTREMELY HEALTHY with NO PROBLEMS!!! Thus is straight up from experience sweetie. Your medication is NOT a real big NARCOTIC!! I know someone who my daughter knows, that is on HEAVY NARCOTICS. She has to be, because she has had 4 back surgeries, and still screwed up!! She has had 2 babies in 3 years. As a matter-of-fact, her son was just born last week. They have to keep her babies in the Neo-Natal Unit, and actually detox them for 6 weeks, before they can come home!! I find this sad; but guess it's a fact of life!! Right now, you are about to deliver, and if you need to take your pain pills, now would be just fine!!! ESP. if you have taken them your entire pregnancy. The time to worry the most, is the first 3 months of pregnancy!!! Hope this helps you. GOOD LUCK< & HAPPY, HEALTHY BABY!!! "THE SPIRITUALIST"
14 May 2012
A doctor who knows you are pregnant will consider risk to the mom and baby vs. benefits to mom and baby. Sometimes mothers to be have to take drugs that are a bit of risk to the baby because the benefits to the mother are greater than the risk to the babe. In your case, without antibiotics for infection, you can become septic risking not only your life but also the baby's life, so antibiotics are the lesser of the evils there. As far as the pain meds for the tooth problems, no, opioids are not the best thing for babies but if you are in so much pain that you cant eat and cant nourish the baby, then that is worse than taking the pain pills. Your baby will be fine as long as you stick to the least amount of the recommended dose you can get by with. Now that you are nearing term, it is best to only take the pain pills when you absolutely need them.
Try to make due with acetaminophen-dont take ibuprofen in the last trimester (last 3 months)-too much risk for bleeding in both you and the baby during delivery-but acetaminophen is ok in regular doses. If you really need it then take the pain pill if the OB says it is ok. Many women are given certain amounts of pain relievers before delivery. Your baby may be born with a bit of dependence but they will manage it. Try not to worry too much. During my last pregnancy I had to take hydrocodone too and my baby was fine. My OB was aware and knew that it was important for me not to be in pain at that time and that not taking the medication could have been detrimental to us both. I was like you and worried to death. Once I saw that he was formed well in the ultrasounds I worried about his mind but he is just fine now and a very very smart young man! He has had a few health issues over the years and as a Mom you always wonder and feel a bit guilty but I look it as a lot of kids have the same problems my boy has had and their mom's never took anything so I really dont think it had anything to do with it (the pain medication).
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