I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and my blood pressure has been really high, so, today my Doctor prescribed 100mg. Labetolol to take twice a day. Can you please tell me if this is ok to take during my pregancy and will my baby be ok during this time, while taking the medication, since I've never taken medication in my life, I am concern the risks envolve to my baby.
ask your doctor about nifedipine. i took that at 20 weeks pregnant to help stop my contractions, but its also a blood pressure medicine. doctors only use it in pregnancy bcuz its been proven to also stop contractions. i have checked up on nifedipine and it hasnt been known to cause any problems to the baby. terbutaline/breathene is not good in pregnancy though and is not approved by the fda for use in pregnancy. its only approved for asthma. i know this because my son has sufferd afects from the doctor putting me on terbutaline during my pregnancy. it can cause mild to severe brain dammage,speech disorders,developmental delay,autism,and movement disorders. my son has the developmental delay, speech disorder, and has been diagnosed as mildly retarded. there are tests they do to check and see if the retardation is in his dna. the test is called fragile x syndrome and it came back negative that it is not in his dna and all his chromosomes are normal for a male. so the only thing that caused his retardation is the terbutaline. we are waiting to get aproval from blue anthem for an mri of his brain to see if he has also sufferd any brain dammage. be very careful on what you take because the doctor never told me that it wasnt fda aproved for pregnancy and i found this out on my own when i googled it. it took me so long to connect the dots cuz my son didnt show any problems or delayments till he was 3 and hes gonna be 5 in july. u can look up the med the doctor perscribed you on www.drugs.com please be safe and let me know how youre doing. i wish you and your baby the best of wishes and congratulaions on your bundle of joy.
I do not know about the risks of taking labetolol, but I do know that it has been used sometimes in pregnant women, and that you are on the minimum dosage. You will need to talk to your doctor about the risks.
The key to deciding about medications in pregnancy is weighing the risks versus the benefits. Remember that having a very high blood pressure will probably have risks to you and your baby as well.
That being said, I would still talk to your doctor, and make sure that he or she discusses the risk and benefits with you. Find out what the risks of taking labetalol are, and ask why he or she picked that medication over other blood pressure medications. There is no reason that you should have to take a medication blindly without being filled in on what the doctor is thinking.
If your doctor is not an obstetrician (does not specialize in pregnancy), I would find an obstetrician to ask to explain things to you. An obstetrician will have a lot of experience in what drugs to prescribe for high blood pressure in pregnant women- they see it all the time!
Good luck with the pregnancy! Don't be afraid to ask your doctor these questions!!
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