I'm taking methadone but I'm not in a program. I haven't told my obgyn that I'm taking methadone and I'm scared of what will happen if I do tell them. I don't want them to try to take my baby away from me. I'm 24 weeks pregnant
you need to tell your dr asap, if you can, get on the methadone legally to avoid legal issues asap too. Methadone can cause the baby to have withdrawal and you absolutely have to tell the dr. 24 weeks means you are 6 months pregnant, and the baby likely already is affected and will have withdrawal, and the pediatic nurses can actually tell by the cries and actions of a newborn who was exposed to any long term opiates during gestation. If you come clean now with the dr, the dr can guide you and you also will need a pediatrician who knows how to handle babies born to opiate depenednts. I am not fussing at you, but you have to do this. Even though you are illegally taking the methadone, you can't simply stop it, and especially not while you are pregnant. Find a clinic for the methadone tomorrow if you can, so you will be legal, and tell your dr asap, even if you can't get a legal rx or into the methadone clinic. Good luck and congrats, it will be ok. Patti
Laurie is absolutely right. You need to get into a program NOW! I had the same situation and had the peditrician not known me I would have been in trouble. He even told me that he was supposed to call CPS but he knew that I would take care of my son. He had been the doc to my three older children and several members of my immediate family. The nurses did know what was wrong by the sound of his cry and it is policy at most hospitals to do a drug screen on all mothers, and the baby. It did show up on my son's UA, as well as mine. And also there is the withdrawal. You really need to find a peditrician that will work with you on weaning the baby off the meds. I've heard some do it by nursing, and slowly weaning the baby off the breast, tapering them off the meds at the same time. I wish mine had been for that option, instead of not letting me nurse. It was not good. My son has anger problems and sometimes I wonder if it's from the very first months of his little life being so horrendous. It is a lot to deal with, and there is a lot of pain involved. I would never wish the pain of withdrawal on anyone, especially an innocent baby. Now, I have to live with the fact that I put him through that all because of my fear. It's better to get something done now to keep your baby safe and avoid some of the guilt you will feel later on because it will be very emotionally painful. If I had it to do all over again, I would have gotten help, and I will never forgive myself for not doing something.
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