During pregnancy, I was taking a low dose of Subox. I stopped breastfeeding & my son had seizures!I am so ashamed and feel so much guilt about this; I have never been a drug user in my life. I rarely even drink. My fiance and I experimented w/ pain meds for about a year & then we got on Suboxone so we could stop. Around that time, I found out I was expecting our son. I told my OBGYN & she prescribed me a low dose of Suboxone (I would take approx. 2-3mg or a quarter tablet). When our son was born, I breast-fed him for 2 months. About 3 weeks after I stopped breastfeeding, he got very ill. He was 11 wks old & vomited approx. 5 or 6 times; he also had diarrhea. The next night, he began to have partial seizures & we rushed him to the hospital. I thought his glucose levels or sodium levels might have been out of whack due to the vomiting, etc. & that caused the seizures. Doctors told us he had a metabolic disorder called Leukodystrophy & would not live to be 10. My heart was gone. I didn't eat, sleep, shower, etc. for almost a week. The doctors did 2 MRIs. The 1st didn't look good. Days later, they did a 2nd & told us he absolutely 100% did NOT have the disorder!!! God gave us a miracle. Today he is a healthy 3-year-old & his doctors are amazed; he is totally normal & has met every milestone. However, I will never get over the guilt of thinking that my taking Suboxone during pregnancy caused my baby boy to have to go through that. I will never forgive myself. (My doctor also knew I was taking Lexapro & they advised that both medications were more beneficial than withdrawing from them while pregnant.) My son now takes no medications and thank God, has never had another seizure. Did my medication use cause my son's seizures?
i have a kind of similar story except i hadnt taken anything until i was three or four months... i am a small person and was having alot of pain with the baby growing and was on my sciatic nerve really bad. My OB dr actually prescribed my 7.5/325 vicoden and i took it three times a day throughout my whole pregnancy and about a month breast-feeding. It was my 1st time really taking narcotic pain pills and i was somewhat ignorant. I just assumed the Dr prescribed them n i didnt think twice. I did ask if it would harm my baby at 1st and he said the same thing, that the amount of pain i was in was what he was worried about. My daughter is almost 4 now and is healthy and passed her milestones early, both physically and mentally.
I also sometimes wonder and worry (especially from hearing people say stuff like alcohol and drugs cause the baby harm) if maybe i will see something later on. The guilt was horrible for awhile but ive come to terms with knowing that its been done and is over with and just pray every night for the best. Feeling horrible n guilty n worrying isnt going to change anything and you nor i will ever truly know if what we did had an effect. People can say they THINK it did, but thats it. there are plenty of people that go by the book and still have problems. so dont feel guilty, we all make mistakes. the important thing is that we learn from them and thank god that our mistakes did NOT have extreme consequence... i wish you the best and hope you find peace from the wondering and guilt n forgive yourself like i have
Oh I know how you feel. My son who is 4 years old now was born on methadone. He was born with withdrawl! I can still remember those horrible high pitched screams of pain. It still hurts when i think about it. I do blame myself completely because I was not supposed to be on it. I didn't know what to do because i knew i couldn't quit while pregnant. I was scared to talk to the dr about it. I thought they would take my baby away. I didn't know they would help. I should have had the guts to tell them because baby always comes first. I feel like i let him down. His first 3 months were hell and the drdidnt want me to nurse. I should have gotten a diff doc because now i find out they can be weaned through breastfeeding. He is physically great and such a super smart kid. But i do think he has some emotional issues from this... bad ones. Strong emotions and temper, very sensitive feelings. I fully blame myself for not telling the doc. I hate myself so much for what i put my baby through because of my fear and ignorance. I know how you feel. A big emptiness,sadness. Like you are stuck in a deep hole with a thick haze and you cant get out. But you did the best thing for your baby. You told the doctor and stayed on a low dose. The dr should have told you how to wean the baby slowly but that is not your fault. You should not feel guilty. I know it hurts, but that will fade in time. Just keep looking at your wonderful boy and know that he is precious, and he is just fine.
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