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Pregnant on suboxone & need help!!!

I'm 32 weeks pregnant & currently taking about 8mg of suboxone daily! I've been so depressed during this pregnancy just knowing I'm on this crap! I have a bicornuate uterus & very high risk so I don't wanna hurt the baby more by stopping!! My high risk OB & regular check up OB have diff opinions, 1 says its fine the other thinks I should stop! Can or should I even try to stop cold turkey?!? I really need someone to help me here! I have the biggest blessing of my life growing inside me & I may be harming her ;( does anyone know the percentage of babies that r actually addicted when they're exposed 2 suboxone?!? My cousins baby was fine but I need 2 know if my baby will have withdrawals or need meds after she's born?!? PLZ HELP!
Congratulations on your upcoming motherhood. It is caring, wonderful women like you who make the most nurturing, amazing, selfless mothers. Your baby girl is so very lucky.
It would be best for both you and her to be gently tapered off of Suboxone while you are still pregnant, so that you are both drug free by the time of the delivery and she will not need to go through any withdrawals at all.  Even though babies have been safely delivered to mothers taking Suboxone and nursed by those mothers while on Suboxone or Subutex, I still strongly believe, that it would be better for both of you to be drug free at the time of delivery.  
I understand that you may have some discomfort while tapering the Suboxone,  you do have to do it gently. The last taper should be titrated slowly, down to 0.5mg/day, then 0.25mg and if you are still uncomfortable stopping there, half of that. If tapered gently, the baby will be just fine, but make sure you are carefully monitored by your OB, who should be aware of the proccess.
In the meanwhile, while tapering, the best thing you can do is take good care of yourself, eat healthy food, stay hydrated, keep active and busy. Stay away from sugar, soda, and simple carbs. Do not consume caffeine at least 6 hours prior to bedtime. The best way to take care of your baby girl is to take care of yourself.
As I said before, it is possible to have a baby while on Suboxone, but depending on the dose, there is a likelihood that baby may experience withdrawals, especially if you do not breastfeed.  
Withdrawals from Suboxone are very unpleasant and may keep the baby in the NICU and away from your loving arms for many days.
I suggest that you read my blog on pregnancy and addiction that talks more about it. Click on my name in blue and than "blogs".  
Good luck to you and stay well.

Good luck to you and make sure you discuss all of this with your OB. They must be in the loop on all your medical care.
I feel for you. In 2009, I got pregnant while being prescribed 16 mg's of Suboxone daily. I informed my addiction physician of my pregnancy, he then prescribed me 16 mg's of Subutex, instead of the Suboxone, while I pregnant. Some days, I'd take a bit more than I was supposed to. It killed me my entire pregnancy knowing my innocent baby girl was being put through this, because her Momma was/is a complete loser.....
I gave birth to my beautiful little peanut on January 22, 2010. I had a c-section 3 1/2 weeks early because my blood pressure was through the roof. My daughter weighed 5 lbs 4 1/2 ounces. She was having difficulty eating, so they immediately took her to NICU, and I didn't get to see her for 4 hours. She was in an incubator for a short time, and then got admitted over to the Barbara Bush Wing, at Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine (FABULOUS HOSPITAL) and spent the next 9 days there. She did end up having withdrawals, and was prescribed Phenobarbital, for 6-8 weeks (?). It killed me to see her little arms involuntary "jump/flare up" from the withdrawals. :(
Emily (my baby girl) will be 3 next month and is doing fabulous!!!!!
Please try weaning yourself, and your innocent baby girl, down as much as you can tolerate. Our daughters didn't/don't deserve to be put through
this mess.

I wish you the best of luck!

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