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Did I stop pain meds in enough time?

Hi there, To start, I am 33 weeks, I have been receiving a prescription for pain medication for a little over 3 years. When I found out I was pregnant I continued to take it (Per my OB's OK). She informed me the baby would need special care after delivery for withdrawal symptoms. I started thinking and talking with my husband and family and decided I did not want him going through that. I slowly weaned myself off and have been off of them for about 2 weeks (It was a long process and I didn't want to go too fast and put him or my body through too much shock). My question is, did I stop in enough time? Will he still go through any kind of withdrawal after birth? If it's out of my system is it out of his? My next appointment with my OB is in a little over a week and I would love some possible answers now rather than wait a week. Thanks so much
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You really really shouldn't be making those decisions w/o your doctor's knowledge. Your baby feels everything you do, so don't do anything else. Can you make your appt sooner? I wouldn't take online advice about this, and we don't know what's going on in your body. See your obgyn as soon as you can. Good luck to you.
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First off, I'm in no way a dr, but I'm a mom who had a baby go through NAS (w/d's) b/c of the meds I was prescribed for my back and I have talked to many MFM (maternal fetal medicine) dr's/high risk OB's and I've talked to many, many women who have been in your, and my, position. Many women have weaned off their meds on their own. If you don't go through w/d's, neither does baby. Same goes for if you do then baby does.

Being that you're 33 weeks, there's pretty much a zero chance of your baby being born with NAS (going through w/d).

I'll send you a private message and direct you to a site that I'm also apart of that only deals with this type of issues. You'll get a better understanding. :)
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