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I am 4 1/2 mos. pregnant with my first baby! Im so excited, but I am taking methadone. Can anyone help me know what to expect?

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Hi, my name is Jenn and I am about 4 1/2 monthes pregnant with my first baby! I am totally excited and soo ready to take on this responsibility! The only thing that I am struggling to deal with is the fact that I am taking (prescribed) methadone. I am having alot of trouble dealing with the fact that I know my baby will go through withdrawel, and she (or he) will not be able to come home with me right away. I know that this whole procedure can and has been done safely! I have talked to counselors, many docs (including my obgyn), and have done tons of research. I would just like to know if there are any moms, or soon to be moms, that are out there that can give me a little insight on what they went through? I would really apperciate it! Thank you <3

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i would be careful because i was in the same situation and my doc said if there is any drugs including that in my babys system on the day of her birth the state of florida will take mybaby away start a detox plan slowly get off it by you 8 1/2 mark social services dont mess around these days by the time you get a chance to get your child back she will have a new family. i dont know if that helped but i have faith no matter what the reason is ur on methodone you will get off it for your babys birth
you should go into detox and try to get off from this asap. i totally agree with the opinion above, your baby will be taken away if he or she is born with anything in their system
Hey, I don't know if you are still reading this site, it's been a while since you wrote, but don't listen to the 2 previous writers, no offense to them.  I don't know what your state's laws are around this, so I can't say anything related to that.  But I am 12 weeks pregnant with my second child and on Suboxone (SImilar to Methadone).  I don't know the reasons for you to be taking Methadone, but as long as it's legal, it shouldn't matter why you take it.  I used to be an active addict, I am in recovery now.  Without Suboxone, I wouldn't have stopped using Heroin,  most likely I would be in jail or I would be dead, and no matter what I would be without my daughter who is now 2 years old, I wouldn't be pregnant with another child, and I wouldn't be married anymore.  I live a very normal life.  What I'm getting at is that the Suboxone is necessary.  Pregnancy is difficult at times, but I know the baby will be okay no matter what.  When I asked my doctor about the Suboxone, he was very clear with me.  He told me NOT to detox off of the Suboxone.  His reasoning was that, although I know how I feel tapering down off of it, there is no way to know if the fetus is doing with withdrawal in the womb.  He said it could be potentially deadly for the fetus to try to taper off of it.  He also said that withdrawal symptoms differ from baby to baby, but no matter what the NICU would care for my baby and everything will be okay.   I told him I was worried that someone would treat me pourly(as a "dirty junkie" or bad mom) in the maternity wing if my baby did suffer from withdrawal symptoms.  His response was, if that did happen, to tell him and he would "take care of them".  I have a good doctor.  I have a good relationship with my Primary Care doctor and OB.  They all know  my situation and want the best for me and my family.  And most important for me is to stay clean or there will be no family to be had.  I'm sorry, I talk alot.  I don't know your specific situation, but I feel for you.  I believe that being honest with yourself and your doctors is the best way to handle this.  As long as you are doing the right(legal) thing, there is no reason anyone should treat you or your new baby pourly or judgementally.  Hope I helped some.  If not, I hope it at least made for good reading.  LOL.  Take care!!!

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