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By Anonymous April 17, 2011 - 4:09pm
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I have a diseas that causes Chronic pain.. i take a few different medications, including Norco (Vicodin) 10mg/325. I do currently have 3 children but we are TTC for #4. This disease is not life threatening, just causes me alot of pain. I have been taken most of my medications now for nearly two yrs, as well as the pain meds as well. How will this interfere with being pregnant? My OB/Gyn prescribed me vicodin with my last child due to sciatica pain and migraines.. What are your thoughts?? Thankyou for taking the time to read this!

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Using any drugs are not good for woman in pregnancy. They can use yoga or another way to release pain in pregnancy time.

You can look here for a way to get no pain without drug: [link removed by EmpowHer Moderator]

April 24, 2011 - 7:46am

Hi Anon--

Unfortunately, there is no safe narcotic to take during pregnancy.
According to Drugs.com:

"Teratogenic Effects
Pregnancy Category C
There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Vicodin Tablets should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Nonteratogenic Effects
Babies born to mothers who have been taking opioids regularly prior to delivery will be physically dependent. The withdrawal signs include irritability and excessive crying, tremors, hyperactive reflexes, increased respiratory rate, increased stools, sneezing, yawning, vomiting, and fever. The intensity of the syndrome does not always correlate with the duration of maternal opioid use or dose. There is no consensus on the best method of managing withdrawal."

Dr. Sears suggestions for pain meds during pregnancy:
Aspirin is not the preferred fever-reducing medication to take while pregnant, because there are safer and equally effective alternatives. Yet don't worry if you have unknowingly taken a couple of aspirin on a couple of occasions. This is unlikely to harm your baby. The main concern with aspirin is that prolonged high doses, especially in the third trimester, may cause bleeding in mother or baby (aspirin is an anticoagulant) or interfere with the normal onset of labor (aspirin inhibits prostaglandin's). Obstetricians sometimes use low-dose aspirin to prevent pregnancy-induced hypertension, eclampsia, and other intrauterine problems.

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Nuprin, and Advil) is safer than aspirin during pregnancy, but take it only with a doctor's advice. It seems to be safe to take in the first two trimesters because there have been no studies linking ibuprofen with congenital defects. Ibuprofen does not have the anticoagulant effect of aspirin, and is therefore unlikely to cause bleeding in mother or baby when taken in the third trimester. Because it inhibits prostaglandins (natural hormones that influence labor), it must be used with caution during the third trimester. Ibuprofen can also interfere with the normal blood flow within the heart and blood vessels of the baby during the third trimester. These effects are likely to disappear when the drug is stopped and have not been shown to harm baby.

Acetaminophen is safe to take throughout all stages of pregnancy. It is an effective fever-reducer and an analgesic for pain. Studies have shown that high doses of acetaminophen taken throughout pregnancy may be harmful to mother and baby. Acetaminophen, if used in the proper dosage and for the usual 2-3 day illnesses associated with fever, is safe for mother and baby.

If you are in a great deal of pain, chances are your doctor will prescribe a narcotic for you to take during pregnancy. Whether or not you choose to take it--is entirely up to you.

Hope this helps!

April 17, 2011 - 4:55pm
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