High risk pregnancy...
Sarah - posted on 01/22/2015
Actually the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that opiate dependent women remain on methadone therapy throughout pregnancy. Withdrawal is considered to be higher risk than maintenance. Methadone is a category C medication, meaning it poses low risk for birth defect. The link I provided in my first response review the potential risks to the baby. Methadone is considered safe for breastfeeding mothers according the to American Academy of Pediatrics.
Your baby will be born dependent on opiates and will require a weaning period in the hospital after birth. This can take several days to several weeks. There is a study reviewing babies born up to 25 years ago to methadone dependent mothers to see if those babies grew up to have a greater incident of addiction. Unfortunately, that study is incomplete.
Bottom line, you need to be very honest with your doctor and follow his advice carefully.
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