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37 weeks pregnant / percocet help!

I am currently 37 weeks pregnant and had been taking percocet before I found out. From month 1-4 of my pregnancy I didn't take any pills. Unfortunately, I relapsed and slowly started using from the middle of my 4th month to now (37 weeks). I have stopped a couple of times, but have had issues because of withdrawal fears ECT... I am so scared. I love my baby and have been lucky enough to have the growth and tests be all healthy up to this date. In the past 2 weeks, I have tapered myself down to taking one 30mg tablet a day (spread through 2-4 times meaning I broke the pill to make it less) from me taking anywhere from 2-3 30mg a day...I REALLY WANT TO STOP FOR GOOD. I was never prescribed the pills, and started taking them because a friend had given them to me, everyday I live in fear that I'll start up again and fear that my baby will be born addicted. But I am determined to keep clean from today until my due date (3 weeks) I am praying that I even go later than that because I don't know what to do. Does anyone have any kind words or advice for me?
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My only suggestion would be to tell your obgyn and seek some I'm patient care perhaps? Yours is a situation that I believe only a physician should answer.
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i feel for you alot. but you might not even make it until 40 weeks and the baby will prob be born and go through wd. i read a story here and a women was on 3 5mgs percocet a day for 3 weeks stopped cause she thought it was a low dose n went in to labor 2 days later.. but she was only a week or 3 away from her due date so tech she was full term. i wish i could help but i am going thru my own "what to do issues" but keep reading other stories and it may help although alot of stories are conflicting your story could turn out completely different
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I hope this doesn't come out wrong, but right now you don't come first your baby should.  If you have a problem ADDRESS it NOW with your doctor/obgyn because he will be able to help both of you.  Remember your doctor's job is to HELP you and the baby.  There is lots of fear when we tell the doctor, but read some of our stories here and you'll see that doctors CAN help as long as your totally honest and you and your baby deserve the best.  Doctor see mom's addicte to everything under the sun, DO NOT fear the doctor, he or she should be your best ally.  Best wishes to you.
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Thank you all for your input, I really appreciate it. I am teetering on the thought of telling my OB, but am also afraid of what could happen as a result. I do not want my child to be born withdrawing, and would hope that if I did tell- if that were to happen it would not cause me to have the baby taken from me. I am just really scared of all the possibilies and live in constant guilt.
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try and look at it this way. you could co in to labor any day and you baby will withdrawal weather or not you tell your ob. so it would be better if he knew then if you chanced it
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Yes this is very true. I would rather them know (so they could tend to baby's needs) than to question and wonder why I didn't speak up. Does anyone know, however, if I gave birth on my due date- would the baby withdraw? I ask because I would assume that if I'm clean and with no withdrawals for 3 weeks, it would mean the perc's are out of my system (and baby's?) am I wrong?
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i have thought about that .. and saw mixed reviews. how much you taking now?
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so im just going to tell you what i have read from other peoples story on here. 3 week w nothing at all and before that you were on a  low dose you may be ok. but every baby and pregnancy is different. but i have also read people even on a low dose who stopped that close to the due date went in to labor between 2 to 7 days after stopping.. i wish i had that answer for u i am looking for the same answer. so if u find out let me know
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oh to be clear because stopping suddenly could send u in to labor. i dont know how true it is tho or if their babies were gona come earlier even if they didnt take ne thing and stop
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I've taken (for the past week 1/2) a total of 30mg throughout the day. Today I feel ok and plan on not taking any more AT ALL. And yeah, every baby/pregnancy is different this is so true that's why I'm on the fence on whether or not I should say something to the ob. My bf insists I shouldn't because it may cause more problems, but I'm not really sure. A friend of mine just had her baby not too long ago and was in the same situation. She stopped like me (it was a month or 2 before her DD- so she says), and delivered her boy- he came out fine w/ no symptoms.. She told me that I shouldn't worry as long as I've stopped, that he'll be fine. But then again- like you said & like I know- we're all different & every pregnancy is different... Just would hate to have to regret not saying anything if in 3 weeks (being clean & all) the baby still had some type of symptoms and I couldn't live with myself if we were seperated. Like I said, I truely love my baby and have done everything else by the books with my pregnancy... I will be sure to let you know if I come up with any other information...
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Hi, and welcome!  You're definitely in the right place for help and support!  Glad that you are quitting!  Although you need to tell your OB asap.  If you just STOP the pills it could be unsafe for the baby.  You're not taking too much which is a good thing, but I wouldn't just stop.  If anything I would continue tapering down more and more.  You really have to talk to your OB though.  Make an appt as soon as you can and tell him what's been happening.  Because then they know what to expect and how to help baby if something goes wrong.  Otherwise it will take them longer to help if there is an issue after birth.  Perhaps tomorrow take only 3 pieces of the pill instead of 4.  You said you're breaking it into 4 pieces right?  Keep posting on here and let us know what your OB says.  
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While you're going through withdrawal, baby is going through it too inside of you. From what I understand this could send the baby into shock... not good. I hope vicki comments, she's a nurse and knows more about this. You NEED to tell your dr, it's what's best for baby. The women I know that admitted their addiction to their ob and did what the ob said kept their babies, but most of them told much earlier. I know your scared to tell, but think of how much worse it would be if you didn't tell and something bad happened. I don't want to scare you, I just want you and the baby to get the help you need.
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hmf099 is right.  It could be worse if you don't tell your doctor at all.  And the only thing that can happen from telling your doctor is getting better help for you and the baby.  Good luck :)
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Thank you all for your input. hmf-I hope that this vicki comments too. I really appreciate the advice and support and hope that I can do what's best from here on out & stick to my guns. I live with regret and guilt on a daily basis, but luckily last night I didn't have w/d symptoms and I feel ok today- my muscles are a bit bothered, but I haven't felt sick or nauseous or anything....Maybe the dose was tapered small enough that it didn't affect me too much? IDK... Maybe it has something to do with how long I was taking them...which was about 3-4 months and I didn't take them to get "high" but I did rely on them for pain relief and like I said, I do live with the guilt I wasn't prescribed them and should know better. I've always been the type of person who would look down on someone before in a similar situation, but now I know it can happen to the "best of us" UGH I am never touching those things again & hope that I can muster up the courage to tell my OB on weds. As of right now, I am planning on saying something, but I'm so afraid because of the fact that I've had prenatal care my entire pregnancy- will the dr be mad I didn't come clean sooner? Will he consider it too late? Ugh.. again, hopefully more people can comment who've had similar experience and can help guide me into what's best for my baby and me...
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i have sent vicki a pm for you, but i am sure she will say you need to rell your obgyn, god bless.
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Thank you, sudie
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Hi Honey!!    

YES.  Tell your OB.  If you're going to make a mistake regarding this I think it should be on the side of caution,that's how I look at things. I'm going to nudge you just a little more so you WILL tell him.  Here's why:

If he is informed of the substance abuse(even though it's for pain only it's considered substance abuse because you didn't have an RX) he can control and be prepared for any "problems" that may arise at birth. Nothing will happen to you. He will council you and sign off on the "abuse". Meaning he will state that he was aware and supported you. This is generally what happens. He is not there to judge you...he's there to help and you need to let him.

A fetus does not have the capacity for anything like this. That's why pregnant women should NEVER STOP COLD TURKEY. The fetus feels everything and multiplied.  Don't do that.

I'm almost certain the baby will be born addicted. They need to know now about this. If he doesn't know, everyone will be caught unaware,and the baby will suffer in the long run while they all run around trying to figure out why the baby seems "off"( if that is the case).
You would have one very upset Doctor and who knows what else!!

You're a Mommy now and the right thing to do is always put your child first. It's a very natural thing and that's why you feel so badly right now..I understand.  I can almost guarantee you he'll be very appreciative of the fact you're telling him because this really puts his butt on the line if you don't.

Call for an appt in the morning. Tell the staff what it's about. Tell them you're scared. They'll help you!!  There have been many,many women in this situation. Most of them took pain meds for pain. The only difference is,you didn't have a prescription.  They can't kill you for that,I promise. Tell the truth here and stay with us...Keep us informed about the little one and I don't see any decision needing to be made here. There's no choice. You have to be honest tomorrow!!
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Be very carful... Your baby can become addicted too (and not just you). The one and only way one can overcome Percoset addiction is to STOP taking Perc (i know what you are feeling, im w/d bad right now! I cant seem to type straight either! Been popping for almost 2 months... quit 55 hours ago and i feel, well like death). Eventually time will heal you, you just have to accept the fate that "if i take narcotics i will feel w/d symptoms eventually". Just bear the pain for a little bit, take days as they come and they will get better, and you baby will be even healthier. Stay strong!
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you will be ok scooby, just listen to vicki. and take care, we re here for you and your baby!.
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vicki- I messaged you some more questions... And thanks jimm...I hope you're recovery is as smooth as possible & you can stay strong also. I don't want to pick them up again even after I have the baby- I don't want to ever go through this BS again... ugh I will keep you all updated on how things go...have an ob apt on weds of this week & will let you all know what happens, I'm so nervous and scared though :(
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Scooby-  I know you're nervous and you don't need that stress right now,either. That's why I think you should call tomorrow...this situation needs to be dealt with now.  There are a few things that can happen OR maybe not but you need to do something fast. I know you don't want to but you have to. I told you that you don't have a choice any more: The baby comes first...not your fear.

I'm very concerned that you could go into labor at any time. Then what???  What will you do??   They'll test the baby at the hospital and they will know what's been up. I totally
understand you honey, but I'm advocating for you AND that baby!!   Often times,a cold turkey withdrawal at this stage causes such stress for the baby that a woman goes into labor.  Do something before that happens.

Also,although the baby is human,it does not have the exact processes that we have. Fetal circulation is completely OPPOSITE our own!  This is one of the reason's drugs can be detected for a very long time in a  newborn. The fetus does NOT filter the drugs as we would think.

Sending me a PM is fine but I know I will say the same thing; perhaps with stronger words...I cannot stress enough the urgency of your situation.

It's all up to you now...so please do the right thing.    xo
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What kind of withdrawal symptoms did you have after you began to taper down? I meant to ask you that....
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My muscles ached, I took warm baths and that helped a lot... Other than that- I had sleeplessness. That's pretty much the extent of what withdrawals I've had.. That's why idk if it has something to do with how much? How my body handled the percs? idk.... ugh, like I said - I will let you know how things go tomorrow >.<
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