I have stopped using prescription pain medication and am 36 weeks pregnant. I have been taking oxycodone for a back injury prior to pregnancy, but have not used the medication responsibly. I have not taken any medication for three days and am not suffering withdrawals. I did not use the pills all day every day, but took more than prescribed when I did. My doctor is aware that I was taking medication, but now that I used it irresponsibly. I am using alternative treatment for the pain, like heating pad, bath soaks. stretches, Tylenol only, and exercise. My question is, will my child go through withdrawals at birth now that I have stopped using the pain medication? Thank you.
Hi and welcome. Congratultions of on your baby. I am no nurse, but from what I know, your baby is probably going through withdrawals now or will start soon. The pills get into your amniotic fluid that the baby lives in. There is probably still some so he or she is not withdrawing yet. I am not sure how many you were taking but if you were not taking them every day then it probably is not as bad for the baby nor will be as hard on the baby.
I am glad you were able to quit for the baby's sake as well as your own and were somewhat honest with the dr. I pray you can stay sober and get total and complete joy from your baby!
You need to talk to your OB about your decision to stop cold turkey. I commend you for wanting to get off but as texaslady suggested, the baby could very well be experiencing withdrawal even if you aren't feeling any great discomfort yet. I've also read that quitting CT could bring on an early labor. So please PLEASE tell your Dr. what's going on and let them help you.
Your heart is in the right place you just need to have your head in on this as well. I wish the best for you and your unborn child. Good luck to you both. :)
but, the good thing is... is that since you seem to have a good relationship with your doctor, you may want to bring this concern up with him/her and see what they think or suggest. especially since it deals with the life of a child inside of you, if that makes sense.
Congrats! My wife is an OB/GYN RN and she just delivered last week our Daughter's first and our first Grandbaby. My daughter was taking 60 Lortab 10/500 a week due to a stint she had in for a 12 mm kidney stone for her entire pregnancy. My wife has seen it all and we were worried for the baby but due to preterm labor and other factors they would not have her stop the meds until after delivery. Long story short the baby was very healthy. Each case is different though and you should consult your OB/GYN. Congrats Again. Truly a Blessing!
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