I am 15 weeks pregnant and took 30mgs of adderall only one time. Would that have harmed my baby in anyway?
How bad is it if I took 30mg of adderall while pregnant?
Question posted by Candy Henen on 12 May 2015
Last updated on 9 September 2019 by Mcino-casino
I remember scouring the web for answers to this same question. I had a surprise pregnancy dx when I went to the ER for a broken foot.
I had two previous pregnancies with two girls at the time, born when I was 28 and 29 and didn't take any prescriptions. My last pregnancy resulted in the birth of a 3rd girl, at age 41 and I took 60 mgs of adderall ir most days along with 2 mgs of klonopin. I was very worried about the health of my baby and since I was 12 weeks when I discovered that I was pregnant I was sort of beyond the negative impact with regard to the formation of most of my baby's development and was told that withdrawing from either drug was not ideal at this point. It was ideal for me to stop if I could but the stress of stopping could be as detrimental as continuing. She was born via c-section 3 weeks early due to placenta previa and having a two vessel cord, which was not a result of being on adderall.
She was the most easy baby of my three, and perfect in every way. She is now 7 years old and smart as a whip in addition to being overly confidant which I think is due to all the positive comments ("you are just the cutest and sweetest lil girl ever" etc)
and extra attention she has been receiving since she was a newborn. It was at the point of hoping she wouldn't be overly doted upon because I am a big believer in physical attributes being second to beautiful actions and showing kindness and feeling empathy for others as more important than looking beautiful (she IS.kind and caring, but the cumulative effects of being told how adorable she was and given an extra sticker, happy meal toy or whatever becomes problematic when she is treated normally.) She is small for her age and it's just the two of us as her sisters live on two different college campuses, so she doesn't have anyone else to play with her age (except for school, thank God for Sept.)
It's not about getting praise for your outer appearance but being recognized for the goodness in your heart. I am just tired of her being judged on her superficial traits (appearance) that I try not to shop with her at smaller stores and take her to the park and playground instead.)
Sorry for the lengthy comment but I haven't mentioned the negative impact of this until just now, Her father and his mother treat her like she is the most talented and beautiful girl the world has ever seen. They have her on the weekends where she is never told "no." And my parents treat her like a gift from God, (as in actually saying it to me within earshot of her."
If I remind her that she's not acting appropriately, I'm the one who is reprimanded. She is also the youngest of 7 granddaughters and my siblings are resentful of the obvious over the top favoritism she receives.) And my parents are from the Irish old school of never giving accolades to us (sometimes to others but never directly reminding us "to not be too big for our Britches".
So. I will end by saying that taking adderall during my last pregnancy had no detrimental effects on my baby. I hope you have an easy path to becoming a mother and you remember to enjoy the place or phase you are in instead of staring at the clock that seems to tick slower than it is, waiting for bedtime to arrive (which is all I did with my first two (19 months apart.) Time really does fly by and my unexpected (this can not be happening, how am I going to survive a babyhood with a 12 year gap since I last did it with no remembrance of how I did it.) But she taught me so much about how much I loved being a mother and truly enjoyed spending every second of her being a baby and proved that she would teach me how to be a better person.)
Just my opinion but I wouldn’t take it if you can. I took it with one of my kids and he is being tested for ADHD. I didn’t take it with my youngest and he seems fine.. I’m not saying it’s related but just go with your gut.. do research speak to those who have used it during pregnancy
I have 5 grown, married children with 14 grandchildren. I have had narcolepsy (un-diagnosed until I was around 55 yrs). My Father was a pharmacist... after having my sleepyness/tiredness checked out by Dr he and Dr placed me on Dexamyl which helped considerably. A strong lecture to never take more than one a day. I took that until my mid 30's through all 5 pregnancies! I recall asking the OB.GYN ABOUT CONTINUING as I was concerned also... and wondering how I would ever stay awake if it wasn't OK. He assured me it would be fine. Of course the times are changing but my children are all fine, college grads with children... so think you will be fine.
I know of some women who took Adderall basically throughout their pregnancies (with doctor's okay) without it being problematic. I'm not advocating for or against it but coming from a neutral standpoint. My honest opinion is if you took it only once that early on, all will most likely be all right... & in any case, dwelling on it isn't going to help you or the little one. Keep moving forward. I think focusing on taking the best possible care of yourself & your baby with good pre-natal care is the best idea!
All the best ☺
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