Are the medications they give during a C- Section harmfull to the baby ?

Maritza - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Are the medications they give during a C- Section harmfull to the baby ? I was wondering about this becuase my son is on the spectrum and always wondered if the painkiller and other drug they give you during a C- Section operation might be harmfull to a baby. It did only takes 12 minutes for the whole operation. I asked becuase I am on the fence about how I want to deliver my next child.

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Iysha - posted on 10/11/2009

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Most doctors won't offer a c-section unless it is necessary. I tried to convince my doctor and she just laughed and said i'll be fine, not to worry about it. LOL. I was fine but, back to your question.... I believe that it is not harmful. If it is at all harmful, I doubt that it is to the extent people make it out to be. First off, if it had serious effects on a child about to be born, doctors would not have that as an option. The vast majority of woman who have c-sections have perfectly healthy babies. The ones that don't are very unlikely to have an unhealthy baby due to the medications given to them right before they delivered. I would not worry about your baby being in harms way because of you wanting a c-section. If you have any doubts, talk to your doctor or midwife....some professionals may have stronger opinions for/against the procedure if it is not necessary and you can deliver vaginally, but I doubt any one of them will say that it will in fact bring harm to your baby.

Morgan - posted on 10/11/2009

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I had a c-section because my son was too big (10lbs 2 oz) and wasn't fitting thru my pelvis. They gave me a spinal block, some morphine, some benadryl, and something that started with a t for all the pain. the benadryl was to stop my itching from the morphine. My son came out just fine. Crying and all. I asked the doctors if it would do anything to him and they said since the operation is so quick it would barely have time to hit the placenta and at most would just make him sleepy. he was perfectly ok though.

Ashley - posted on 10/11/2009

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I had a c-section because my son was in a crazy breech...he had one leg up by his head and the other sticking out like he was trying to do the splits...

It didn't seem to affect him in any way, he came out crying and alert as any newborn is (which they are tired anyways). The only problem was he had amniotic fluid in his lungs, but that happens sometimes because in a vaginal birth the fluid is squeezed out.

I had some sort of painkiller, I believe it was a subtype of Morphine (I had horrible back labor). Then for the c-section I had a spinal block.

Good luck!

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