I am 37 weeks pregnant and I tapered off of methadone, I took my last dose yesterday and so far I feel fine, a little tired but no big deal. I was taking the med illegally (im a loser, I know), I made the choice to stop on my own after doing tons of research. My question is, is there a possiblility that it will show up when the baby is born? My biggest fear is having my baby taken away from me, NO ONE knows i was on methadone, my husband will divorce me and my family will disown me! I was only taking 30 mg a day and tapered down to 4 mg and that was it. I need any advice that anyone can give please. Should I be honest with my doctor or will we be okay? Im so stressed out. I want my baby to be healthy and with me! Please help :(
Im new here... please dont judge! iM desperate for help!?
Added 2 Jul 2011:
I live in California, does anyone happen to know about CPS / laws and if they will get involved once I tell my doc. I need to prepare myself. Im so scared.
Added 5 Jul 2011:
Im going to tell my doctor today! Im soooooo scared... any last minute advice from anyone? I dont know how im going to tell her or what im going to say... ugh :(
dear Christina, welcome to our site, you may or may not know this, but methadone is a long acting opiate replacement, it says you tapered down to 4 mgs, but you still could have some withdrawal start soon. YES, you should tell your doctor and make sure you tell your doctor to keep this secret from your husband, however, i fear you baby may have withdrawal when it is born. There is a slight chance it will show up in 3 weeks in a urinalysis, however, if you deliver between 1 and 2 weeks, you are likely to test positive.i know you are probably scared to death, but you should tell your doctor absolutely as soon as possible, actually, you should tell a pediatrician too, as it is possible the baby will be born with opiate withdrawal the nurses in the nursery know what a baby in withdrawal looks and sounds like, it will not go unnoticed.
I hate you are in this awful position this close to what should be the happiest day of your life and i am NOT judging you, i am trying to offer you the best advice i can talk to your doctor, have him/her prepare a pediatrician just in case.you are not the only mom who has this secret, you should have acted a bit more quickly tho. I will offer some prayers for you and the baby's comfort, and for you to have the strength to do the correct thing now.
I have to agree with Patti and Maso, two wonderful folks I might add, that you need to tell your doctor asap. The methadone is long acting so you won't feel any withdrawals for a couple of days but you don't want the baby to feel the withdrawals either. So you might need to restart the methadone at the 4 mg level and wait until you talk to the doctor about reducing any further. Methadone withdrawal is absolutely to be avoided. The doctor will want to be prepared in the delivery room and neonatal unit to take care of the baby with appropriate measures. Honesty is the best policy in order to ensure yours and the babies health.
Your in my prayers,
Christina57, I have to agree with all the others. I wish we could give you the answer you want to hear. I don't know what state you live in but here if the mom is poss for drugs and the father is not they don't take the baby.Please tell your doctor, and let then know you were making the effort to come off the drug. You are welcome here and there are alot of good people here to talk too. I will be praying for you and your family. Please let us know how this turns out.
Hi Sweetie - sorry to be so late but I was away for a bit. Do you believe in prayer? Well, I do and I am going to be praying for you throughout these next several weeks. I promise. And I just have to believe that you doing the right thing will carry you through this. Doesnt mean it might not be scary sometimes and it's the not knowing for sure that will really get you. I know you love your baby - while you've been carrying her you've done an incredibly hard thing - weaned yourself almost off the Methadone! Do you know how hard that is? I do. And you are doing what is right for your baby, and that is going to shine through. Just hang on to that and with telling your doctor you are helping your baby through the rest of the way making sure him/her is going to be ok. That will show anyone looking at your situation that you have your priorities in order - your baby comes first before the Methadone. Hang in there - you are doing the right thing by letting your doctor know.
I wish I could tell you that there aren't going to be any hard times ahead but I just don't know. The important thing is, and what will carry you through is your healthy baby. I hope you will come back and let us suportt you through this, but even if you don't I will be paying for you!
I dont know much about taking methadone while pregnant,but i just wanted to welcome you to the site and to say you will not be judged here,you'll meet the nicest of people and alot that have been or are also in the same situation as you are now.I cant say much more than what the others said,only that i wish you all the best and i do agree you should tell your doc,so they can be prepared for when baby arrives.
Congrats on your pregnancy and i wish you and baby all the health god can give!! Take care you and baby
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