Re: Pregnancy and Chronic Pain..........
Anytime considering pregnancy, you should consult your doctor about medications as there are different stages of pregnancy when things are safe and when they are not.
Medications have pregnancy rating or letter code associated with that med. There is A which are usually the safest meds to include vitamins. Then there is B which has a low risk of causing fetal harm. The next is C which generally means the are not enough studies done on them to determine. The next is X where there have been reports of fetal problems. And finally X which means there is significant studies to support fetal problems.
Most pain meds fall into the C category. However, pain meds have been shown to be passed to the fetus, thus possibly causing dependency or addiction in a newborn. This is why it is VERY important to consult with your doctor before taking them. I would say most docs would not suggest using opiates on a regular basis due to the risk of dependency or addiction to a newborn.
They do give opiate meds during labor, but since it is for a limited time, the benefits can outweigh the risks.
Again, it is vitally important to first speak to your OBGYN before using any medication while pregnant. Probably not the best news if your are a CP patient, but the its a risk vs benefit thing.
I am not female so I don't have to deal with it, however, if I was, I don't know how I would do it with CP.
Good luck to you. Talk with your doctor about the catergories of meds and hopefully you can find something that will work for you.