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vicodin while pregnant

I am 24 weeks pregnant. I took prescribed vicodin in my first trimester while I did not know I was  pregnant. My first OB visit while pregnant was at the end of my third month. I notified her that I was taken vicodin and she said it was not a problem. She also told me not to continue to take vicodin. Some days I would not take any and some days I would take one or two depending on the pain. I quit cold turkey about two weeks ago. I was crying every time I took it because I was in so much pain and I did not know what I was doing to my unborn child. I have read all of these stories about quitting cold turkey, but I feel great. At my last doctors visit a week ago she notified me that the baby was ready to come. I did not blame it on my vicodin use because my daughter was born at 33 weeks, I took nothing but tylenol while pregnant with her and she was premature, small, but very healthy. I am currently on bed rest and I see the doctor once a week, to be safe. My question is does anybody think me stopping the vicodin cold turkey and the potential of a premature baby are related? And is it safe to stop taking vicodin cold turkey I've been taking it on and off for the last two years.
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796506 tn?1370188305
Hi I also took vicodin in my early pregnancy (15-18 weeks) and I had no complications from it. I made sure to call and ask my doc if it was ok to take and she said that there should be no problems (I had a oral procedure done and it was prescribed to me) My son was born healthy with no complications. It sounds like (from your previous premie) that you are just apt to have your children early. I really don't think it has anything to do with the vicodin or quitting it cold turkey, but you really should talk to your doctor about it if it is a concern. Take it easy and keep that baby in your belly as long as you can :) Let me know how you get along :)
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363110 tn?1340920419
I'm currently 13 weeks and started vicoden a couple days ago for back pain. My dr's all agree it's relatively safe as long as Im not on high doses all the time.
With TJ i was on vicoden for 5 months (the last 5 mo.) of my pregnancy and he was fine. :) no withdrawal and no birth defects.

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342988 tn?1299782356
i know many doctors that say its ok.  the thing is do the benefits out weigh the risks.  when my friend was pregnant she went through a rough pregnancy and i mean rough.  her OB prescribed her vicodin at one point, tylenol with codeine at another point and then ambien and zanax towards the end when she could not sleep and was having paic atatcks cause her sister was diagnosed with a deadly cancer.  i was shocked at all this but he prescribed it, of course not all at once.

i know that when i had pregnancy carpel tunnel, my doctor stated that we might have to think about a trong pain med but i somehow got through the pain although it was not easy.
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