Am I creating an addict? Worried...

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Second Trimester' started by T-Bex, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. T-Bex

    T-Bex Mother of one

    Joined:
    May 5, 2009
    Messages:
    2,420
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've got some pretty nasty infections at the minute, and am having to take codeine. I checked with the doctor, and he said that it's not had any harmful side effects, and I should take what I need, and it should all be fine.

    But I've never had so much movement, and I'm worried the codeine is making the baby high/addicted... She really is thrashing around something awful, and whilst I'd normally be happy with this, the fact that it seems to be mostly just when I've taken the tablets, and just before I'm needing my next dose. Therefore I've started reading that as a) thrashing as had fix b) thrashing as needs fix...

    It should be fine, right? The infections are improving, so I think I should be able to stop taking them soon anyway, but, you know. You worry...
     
  2. hivechild

    hivechild Mummy to Ronan

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Messages:
    5,801
    Likes Received:
    0
    I couldn't tell you with any authority if it was ok or not. It does sound worrying, and I think there are some indications that it may cause dependency/withdrawal to bubs during pregnancy.

    Have you checked with your midwife?

    :hugs: I hope you get better soon so you can stop taking anything and don't have to worry about it anymore!
     
  3. purpledahlia

    purpledahlia Mummy

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2009
    Messages:
    14,954
    Likes Received:
    0
    i think it would only cause dependance or something if your taking it the whole pregnancy and once the baby is born... surely one course of medication is ok.. your gp prescribed it after all??
     
  4. Perdita

    Perdita waiting and wondering

    Joined:
    May 26, 2009
    Messages:
    577
    Likes Received:
    0
    codeine is contra-indicated in the third trimester because it can make the baby sleepy and cause problems with breathing if used around the time of birth. It's not my area but codeine generally makes people sleepy rather than hyper! I use it rarely for pain and not felt any real difference in movement though if I'm tired or in pain I don't move much so little one wakes up and starts kicking hell out of whatever she can! I would speak to your midwife or ask to see one of the specialists - don't 3worry about being awkward, you've a genuine concern and it should be taken seriously. GP's are great but they are general practitioners, not specialists, ask to see someone or for the guidance of someone who knows the subject. I wouldn't worry too much about it at this stage, you being in pain is very stressful and that's not good for either of you and you have time to cut down your dosage, just take it only as needed and at the lowest dose you can manage with. Good luck and get well soon!
    xx
     
  5. BumpyButtons

    BumpyButtons Guest

    i just wanted to say, i'm on permanent codeine medication. When i was 1st pregnant, i was scared as hell to take it as i didnt know what would happen to bump. I consulted with my doctor who said people take codeine on a daily basis and is one of the safest drugs to take whilst pregnant if you need to. She said it wouldnt be recommended i come off it as my stomach wouldnt cope with it(i suffer from bad ibs) and the result might be more stress on the baby and myself. I still ummed and ahhhed about what she was saying but she reassured me that she wouldnt recommend it if she wasnt absolutly certain all would be fine. so with some trepidation, i carried on taking it but have halved my dose at home. i do worry sometimes and dont take it some days and the resulting affects are severe diarrhoea which results in braxton hicks which hurt. my midwife is aware of my medication and she is fine about it too although i had an early extra scan just to make sure all was well. so i think its just about your own mind. i dont think anybody saying anything on here is going to help you regarding whether you should or shouldnt take it. in your own mind there are always going to be pro's and con's.
     
  6. Vici

    Vici Mum to a LTTC princess!!

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Messages:
    5,940
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've been taking codiene all pregnancy for migraines and it was prescribed by my specialist not my gp. He assured me it was by far the safest thing to take and fine throughout my whole pregnancy.
     

Share This Page