Re: Vicodin while Pregnant
I have a chronic pain condition, and I have to take a very small amount of Tramadol. Tramadol is not a narcotic, but it does work on the opioid centers of my brain to control pain. There have actually been more prenatal studies done of Vicodin, and intially my OB suggested having me switch to that. But narcotics do not help my particular condition. I don't know if Vicodin crosses the placenta or not, but I do know that babies can go through withdrawl. If you can live without it, that's what I would do. Without Tramadol, I have to stay in bed. Tramadol does cross the placenta, but again it is not a narcotic. I have heard both that it is addictive and non-addictive.
I read another message board early in my pregancy when I was trying to decide what to do, and there were a few women who had healthy babies and they took larger doses than I take. But you never know what will happen developmentally and if they will have learning problems.
I have heard that hydrocodone is bad and a lady wrote about her grandchild's birth defects. The baby needed reconstructive surgery on its face. It's ears were malformed as well, and they suspected it would have developmental disablities.
My ultrasounds are looking good and the baby moves a lot. I pray every day for her development.
There are stories about marijuana-- it's usually bad for development in early childhood (learning) if done frequently but you never know!
If you can go without the drug, I would. But I can not handle the pain. I am down to the lowest dose I can function with. It's not enough, but it gets me by. I will have to formula-feed. Just stay in close contact with your physician. They are trained to help you regulate it, but of course they will want you to stop the drug if you can.