Nov 02, 2011
I havent been on here much and I feel horrible because every time I log on I see old emails from women who needed me. So, at the end of this journal I will write down my regular email address, that way if someone needs to talk, I will see your email faster. Just put in the subject line that you are on Medhelp and Ill know ;)
First, let me say that I have a beautiful baby girl that is extremely healthy and had no side effects or withdrawals from the pain meds I was on while pregnant.
I was on a pretty high dose too. Oxycodone 30mg every 4 hours for the first 6 months, then 15mg every 4 hours until i was about 7 1/2 months pregnant, then went down to percocet 10/325 for about a month then started cutting them in half. The last 3 weeks of my pregnancy my doctor put me on Norcos 10/325 which i would cut in half. I would take them about 4-5 times daily. As soon as the nurse found out that i was on those meds when i checked in at the hospital she said "FYI your baby will most likely be in the NICU for 2 weeks". I was scared to death. They did all kids of test after my daughter was born and there was nothing wrong with her. No withdrawals, and no other health issues. So, do not let people scare you. Even nurses are in the dark when it comes to knowing anything about pain meds and pregnancy. I also had a friend who had to be on Vicodin the last 3 weeks of her pregnancy because of kidney stones and her baby is fine too.
So, all i can say is enjoy your pregnancy, talk to your doctor and make sure he or she knows what you are taking. DO NOT EVER QUIT COLD TURKEY and DO NOT LET PEOPLE SCARE YOU OR MAKE YOU FEEL BAD BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO TAKE MEDS. Don't abuse them.... Im not saying its ok to take pills when pregnant but if they are prescribed and you need them because you are in pain then I have no problem with that.
I think most issues with babies born addicted to the meds arise when the meds are abused. If you take them as directed, there should not be any problems. Everyone is different however, everyone i know that has had to take medicine while pregnant and DID NOT abuse the meds had healthy babies that had no signs of withdrawals.
With all that said, I am not a doctor nor am i an expert. But, I am here for anyone who wants to talk or has any questions. I am more than happy to help. There were so many people that were there to help me when I was going through this.....
I didnt enjoy my pregnancy because of the meds so if you are in the same situation, ENJOY your pregnancy. Its such a joyful moment.
Here's my email: ***@****.
Good luck everyone.