I have a friend who is due any minute. She took opiates up till a month ago but has stopped. Now she is afraid that they are going to drug test the newborn. How long do opiates stay in the amniotic fluid?
I believe the drugs stay in the placenta and in the baby, not the amniotic fluid.
I could be wrong but I think that the opiates would still be in the baby's system and it may be possible that the baby will be born addicted. I sure do hope she comes clean on this as the baby may need special treatment when it is born.
Someone please correct me if I am wrong on this.
It depends what she was on, how heavily she was using, and what method the hospital might use for screening.
The amniotic fluid is not an issue. The two main types of drug testing on newborns is via meconium (the baby's stool) or urine. Meconium testing can detect drug use in the mother for quite a long time. Urine testing usually only detects back for a few days to a week or so. Again, depending on what was being ingested, how heavily, and for how long.
The hospital does not have to have the mothers consent to test the baby. They can test if they have a reasonable suspicion.
She wasn't a heavy user just a little bit at a time... atleast that is what she says... but the doctor told her that they would check the amniotic fluid.
Does it make a difference if she hasn't used in a long time or can they still detect it?
There was a reason why she was using them. She was never an addict. She is a wonderful parent to her little boy. She is afraid now that if they do detect it they will take her children away. She just wants to know if they can still detect it even if she has not taken anything in quite some time.
I think the main point (no matter how the situation came about) that everyone is saying is that the baby might be at risk for addiction/ withdrawal. The baby's doctor should know about the use, so the baby can be monitored appropriately. No matter what you think of how the situation occurred, the baby should not be allowed to suffer if it can be helped.
All I want to know is even if she stopped a while ago the baby can still be born addicted right? And if the drugs can still be in the babies system. She is worried about her child and if the situation was different she would of never used any drugs at all. I know her better then myself. She would never put any of her kids in harms way.
I'm sorry, but here is all I can find on the subject, and it does not offer a timeline.
"The use of opioids during pregnancy increases the risk of medical and obstetric complications, potentially affecting both the woman and the fetus. Opioids cross the placenta and enter the fetal bloodstream. The level of opioids in the fetal bloodstream is lower than in the mother's, but drug concentrations are often high enough to harm the fetus.
"Using opioids during pregnancy may lead to intrauterine growth restriction (the fetus does not grow to its full size while in the uterus), low birth weight, decreased head circumference, and minor developmental delays.
"Complications that can occur during pregnancy as a result of opiate use include
* maternal abruption: the premature separation of the placenta from the wall of the uterus, a potentially very serious situation for the mother and baby
* eclampsia: a life-threatening condition involving high blood pressure and seizures
* placental insufficiency: insufficient blood circulation in the placenta
* breech birth
* ruptured membranes
* premature labor
"Babies born to women who use opioids during pregnancy are sometimes born dependent on the drug. The withdrawal these infants experience after they are born is called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS usually affects the infant's central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract; symptoms include muscle spasms, irritability, high-pitched crying, diarrhea, disturbed sleep and feeding, vomiting, hiccups, stuffy nose, sneezing, and breathing problems. The onset and persistence of these symptoms vary, but symptoms generally begin 48 to 72 hours after birth and typically subside in a week. Infants born to mothers who take prescribed methadone can also show symptoms of withdrawal, but these are typically treated safely in hospital after birth."
Thank You for your help. I am praying that the newborn will be okay. Right now she is post term and is going for an induction tonight. With the sauna gram the baby was healthy and already 5lbs and 2ounces and that was one month ago. I am praying that God will keep this child out of harms way.
Thank you for your help and God Bless.
Given that you are there for your friend, be there also for the baby, and if the baby shows neonatal abstinence syndrome symptoms as described above, urge your friend strongly to come clean with the doctors so the baby can be treated and cared for properly. Praying that the child is kept out of harm's way is a good start, but you might have to take some action too. Good luck.
ha! lady i have a broken back and im on lortab & a low dose of morphine --- AS DIRECTED BY MY DOCTOR! --- That does NOT make me a BAD MOM! i broke my back at walmart on an icy parking lot i was about 3 months preggy. im 33 weeks now and my doc says my baby is doing just fine! you shouldnt be so judgemental to people that have problems. have you ever had a broken back and preggy that hurts really bad and id be putting more strain on the baby by not helping take care of myself. atlest thats what my doc says.
My cousin had a baby boy about 9 months ago and she took opiates throughout her whole pregnancy and tried to stop a few weeks before the baby was due.She went into labor about 6 days after stopping. It's pretty dangerous to stop the pills if you have been taking alot of them! The baby can go through withdwrawl in the womb. She should really just talk talk to her doctor.
My daughter did cocainr one tie in her pregnancy and did some weed to get an appitite, so the baby can gain weight,i now have a healthy baby grandson, I just wanted to know how long does the cocaine stay in the babies stool.It has been over a month and the urine came out clean,
Hi sweetie let me say this too you,cuz ur comment is very offensive to me ..my Dr discovered I had a serious condition a few months b4 I got pregnant, So bad that I had to be put on percocets to function, when I found out I was pregnant I told my Dr I wanted to stop and just be debilitated during my pregnancy..He told me that stopping will actually hurt the baby(mind you this is a t 4 wks pregnant) because the pain my body was in would negatively affect the fetus,An that its best because of my condition to continue taking pain meds until birth...Sooo Plz don't assume if a woman takes opiates that she's a bad mom!!!Theres a million conditions out there that cause for it and saying "even if her back was broke!!" Sweetie ya back was never broke so don't assume its easy to just not take meds cause your pregnant....What about the woman who has epilepsy, or cancer or sickle cell??? should all these women stop taking there meds cuz there pregnant and risk hurting the baby more???? Think B4 you speak hun cuz your comment is ignorant and dumb, especially since you havent actually been through anything like what im going through to know what its like OKAY BTW Spelling and punctuation may be off I am soo steamed I just sailed right thru this letter!!!!!!
I agree... people make mistakes its wat ur doing today that matters.. u can't change the pass but u do have controll over the future.... I'm a recoving addict believe me I understand tell ur friend to hang n there keep fighting nmw don't give up I'm proud of her and u for being a true and loyal friend
Be honest, don't hide it. Don't let some ashol who's never experienced addiction make u feel bad and make u hide from help. Opiates have little or no affect on fetus, that's why they're widely prescribed. Its the withdrawn. Also cocaine is very dangerous for preg, but opiates are not as long as vitamins, and nutrition are maintained.
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