throughout my pregnancy for back pain and I was just wondering how it could possibly, if at all, affect my unborn baby?
There have been no studies so no facts really, just hearsay. The main thing is addiction/ withdrawal the baby could go through. And the crucial time to be careful what you eat, take, do is the first 3 months of development anyway. You are good tho I'm sure. I wouldn't worry. I did a lot of research b4. I was on Vicodin daily and a couple times a day my whole pregnancy for multiple chronic pain issues and my daughter is 4 and doesn't get sick, never cried a lot and never threw tantrums, and is SO smart. The girl learned all the correct words to Adele 'Someone Like You' in a 2 days!:)
Hydrocodone is listed as a category 3 for pregnant women. If you have a back ache fom being pregnant, (normal& sometimes a sign of labor to soon start), it is & or would be better especaily with the amount of tylenol you are comsuming at 650 or even 500miliigrams to just rest your back & not take anything for the pain. I know you don't want to hurt your baby or cause any problms to the wee one at all. It's been many many years since I personally was pregnant for 3 years in a row, but I wouldn't even take an aspirin while I was pregnant.If your doctor is prescribing this, & I mean your ob/gyn baby doctor, than he/she shold know what they are doing, but personally I wouldn't want to chance it.Being pregnant can be so awesome, & also a pain at times, but we want you to have a healthy, beautiful baby for sure. What does the prescribing doc say? I am giving you the link below concerning this med & what it says about taking it while pregnant.
Good luck to you & congratulations too...
Hi rigby - Here is a quote regarding the safety concerns and what possibly can happen. There is enough evidence that using these meds while pregnant can cause respiratory issues with baby. Everything in "quotes" if what I copied for you and be sure you tell everybody possible when you go to deliver that you took this medication while pregnant so they can be ready to intervene:
"What should I know before taking hydrocodone-acetaminophen Oral?
If you are Pregnant:
Only When Necessary: NEONATAL WITHDRAWAL/RESP.DEPRESS. W/CHRONIC OR HIGH DOSE; SMALL TERATOGENIC RISK
Nursing: Precaution: POSSIBLE EXCRETION; MONITOR FOR GI EFFECTS, SEDATION, FEEDING PATTERN CHANGES."
After baby is born... and you are still taking these meds... it can pass into breast milk, as stated above...
I hope this helps you some.
Be sure your doc knows about this. Be sure you are honest with how much you are taking. They have to be prepared at birth to treat the baby if born dependent. Withdrawal in babies is horrible. Please stop taking this.
- Hydrocodone Information for Consumers
- Hydrocodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydrocodone (detailed)
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