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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:08 am 
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I am just going to post my story here, maybe it will give some of you comfort knowing you are on subutex and are pregnant.

I was on suboxone at the beginning of my pregnancy. I took 8 mg a day. I had monthly prenatal visits just as any pregnant woman would. I was put on subutex when I entered my third trimester, still taking 8 mg a day. At an ultrasound around 32 weeks, my baby was measuring small (17% growth), I had a more thorough ultrasound done and found baby was actually at 32% growth. I had to have weekly ultrasounds and non stress tests due to being on subutex and because baby was measuring smaller than your average.

I ended up carrying him until I was 41+1 weeks. They found I was dilated when I went in to the hospital to be induced on April 1, 2014 around 6 pm. They gave me a petocin drip and skipped the cervadil because I was already dilated to a 3. I started contracting and got an epidural (which DOES work, I know sometimes women are afraid the subs will interfere with the effectiveness.. well it doesn't!) I ended up having my beautiful baby boy at 11:29 pm. He was 7 lbs, 10 oz & 20.5 in long. Everything went smooth and I had a natural birth after pushing a total of 12 times, for about 20 minutes.

Every doctor knew about my subutex, including my OBGYN, the nurses in L&D, and my son's pediatrician. We moved to the maternity ward around 4 am (my blood pressure was high so they kept me in L&D until it started going down), he stayed in the nursery until morning due to my exhaustion and pain. They brought him back to me at 7 am and he stayed in my room the rest of the day. NO WITHDRAWALS AT ALL. He stayed in my room over night also, and we were able to go home the following morning! I was in the hospital a total of 40 hours from induction to coming home! I also haven't had ANY contact with CPS, they didn't come to my hospital room, call, or come to my house. I was so worried the whole time because my OB & sub doctor said he may need to detox.. but he didn't! I just had to make an appt with his ped. 1 week from his birth date.



I hope many of you have a similar delivery. I'm sure you are searching frantically for stories of women on subutex. Well, many of them are good stories with babies with no issues.

PLEASE be honest with all your doctors so they can get baby the care they need if necessary. It looks much worse on you if you don't tell the truth. Chances are, CPS won't even get involved if you are upfront about your medicine. It is nothing to be ashamed of. You are recovering, and it shows you CARE about yourself and baby!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:20 pm 
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Thank you for sharing your story! I'm so glad you and your baby had a positive outcome!

I hope you're enjoying your little boy!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:05 pm 
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Awesome story!! So happy for you and your little guy! It's nice to see people posting positive stories! And showing how important it is to be honest and open with your doctors! Congrats on your little boy!!! :)

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Congrats!! Are you breastfeeding


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:01 am 
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Hearing your story gives me major hope! I actually just posted in this forum for the 1st time about my concern with the whole NAS.

Like with you.. I was on suboxone, switched to subtext.. I am now 11 weeks 4 days pregnant. My OBGYN knows about me being on subutex thank god he is very supportive!

Anyway.. I am so worried about the NAS. Im taking 6mg a day of subutex but I am really feeling like I need to be taking 8mg a day! I wake up some mornings feeling withdrawal! When I was on suboxone I was taking 8mgs daily.. and my dr. changed me to a little lower dose once I found out I was pregnant. But Im just not comfortable on this dose at all.

Anyway. Congrats on your baby and your story gives me HOPE! My family has no idea Im taking suboxone/Subutex.. and Im worried sick the baby will have NAS and thats how they'll find out! I hate this.

I have a good friend who like you, took subutex and delivered a beautiful HEALTHY baby girl with NO NAS! <3!!!!!!!! :) Great story! Thank you!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:47 am 
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LadyMel, what you are experiencing is not unusual! Some pregnant women need to up their dose a bit because their blood volume grows during pregnancy, and therefore the concentration of sub in the blood is less than what you're used to.

You may want to talk to your doctor about it.

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 9:48 pm 
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Im so sad I just wrote a bunch and it didn't post for some reason :(

Amy what you suggested makes perfect sense. Thankfully my sub doctor is pretty great and instead of upping my dose totally- he just gave me so many extra a month so when Im having times where I feel I need a little more.. it will be there for me.. and if not.. then thats okay to. Im lucky to have a great doctor.

Ive been creeping on this website FOR YEARS. Its been my saving grace many times. Thank you!!!!!!! :):) Today Im 14 weeks 4 days and as Im sitting here I can feel the baby move.. I feel blessed and I only PRAY to god that I can get on this forum after the baby is born and post a good story like this one above.

I totally agree about being honest with everyone thats so important. I hate that I haven't been honest with my family about the subs. They view it like its just another drug so Id rather just not share it with them. Praying every day for a nice healthy rest of pregnancy, good labor and NO NAS!!!!! (I have hope after this)


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I also had a good experience while pregnant on bupe
I paniced and worried so much every single day that it was near impossible to enjoy being pregnant. I searched the internet for answers almost nonstop as to how this would affect my baby. If cps would take my child. All sorts of worries went through my head each and everyday.
I realize some women had difficult experiences, and the baby did experience NAS, and i also read that some women didnt have a baby with NAS at all. So what would happen to my baby? I just didnt know.
Well, i was way overdue. I went to all my prenatel visits. I had three different due dates. I passed all three, the last one given being July 4th 2012. Well, the 4th came amd went and i grew even more anxious, yet excited.
Finally, on the 11th, contractions began in the night. I stayed up all night with them and waited. Lost my plug during this time and began to "leak". I go to the hospital and indeed was confirmed out of triage i was leaking amniotic fluid and was admitted. First things first, i did get an epidural. It worked. And i had pitocin and my water was broken for me. My baby had a bowel movement inside of me, so i was way overdue. Almost 42 weeks.
Lots of time passed and babys heart rate was dropping so doctor decided to do a c section. Baby was born 7 pounds 6 ounces. Pink and healthy. As the hours progressed i watched her like a hawk. She was always on my arms. After 5 days we left the hospital. (c section recoveries take alil longer) she was healthy as can be. Happy. And we left. She has been advanced ever since. Bright as can be.
So i dont know if i am just lucky, or what ot is. Not having NAS really made me feel as tho it was a real blessing and a miracle. I was so paniced and so scared for 9 months. but it ended well and a normal birth like any other.


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I can't contain the relief I have reading about these great birth stories! A huge THANK YOU to the mommas for posting, grats!


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Please ladies I need some encouragement and some advice. I am 32 years old and have 3 beautiful boys that I never even took a Tylenol with when I was pregnant with them. I had to have back surgery shortly after the birth of my 3rd son and got hooked to the pain pills. Once I tried to come off several times and I couldn't do it on my own, I cried out for help. I immediately went to my primary and told her everything and she sent me straight to a addiction recovery specialist. Well I started on 8 mg of Suboxone and have been on that for a while now. Well needless to say I got pregnant and I am 7 weeks pregnant today. I found out at exactly 4 weeks and immediately put a call in to my sub doctor and my obgyn. My obgyn can't see me until January 12th and my sub doctor wants to switch me from the suboxone to the subutex on January 5th. I asked each of them if I could go ahead and start weaning down and the obgyn nurse said "yes wean down as much as you possibly can" and my sub nurse said "don't do anything right now". I cannot even handle thinking about my baby being born with NAS. The thought alone rips my heart out of my chest, so my question is, what should I do? Should I try to wean down on my own immediately bc I don't want to be on any more than 2 mg when I give birth, and I would like to be on even less of I can. I'm just worried to death and don't know what to do. I mean I week go through hell if I need to, to protect this baby. Whatever it takes. Please help me.


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If your concern is truly 100% about your baby you should not do any tapering until you speak with your sub doctor. Sudden and extreme tapering could cause miscarriage. Any withdrawal symptoms you go through, your baby goes through in some form. You may be able to slowly taper during your pregnancy, but often pregnant women need more sub, not less, because your blood volume increases.

In any case, if your baby shows any signs of NAS he or she will be put on morphine and then tapered off over time. So, your baby will not suffer!

If what you want to really avoid is any stigma or doubts about you as a mother, you may taper slowly off sub with the help of your doctor. Good luck with whatever happens!!

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