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    Quote Originally Posted by Tam-I-Am View Post
    I'm not really sure how that's in contradiction with what I said?

    I said that opiates have the potential to affect the baby's respiration post-birth (especially if they're given quite close to the birth). I didn't say that opiates are totally contra-indicated and they will never be given because of this potential.

    The affect of opiates on a newborn's respiration is not a secret, it's a well known medical fact - and is why some newborns require Narcan to be given (ie the antidote to opiates) at birth - usually not from codeine, more likely from morphine or pethadine.

    I mentioned it not because I wished to engage in scare tactics - taking it at 32 weeks for a headache has a pretty low potential for it to affect the baby's respiration...none at all, in fact, if the baby's born more than 6 hours after the mum having taken the medication, which one would hope and presume would be the case unless one was being told that the mother was in premature labour - in which case I'd simply suggest talking to the care provider. I mentioned it because everybody has a right to make an informed decision. It *can* cause respiration difficulties in newborn if taken too close to the birth. This is medical fact. Why it raises such a defensive reaction, I'm not sure.
    There was no defensive reaction, I was just pointing out that it is obviously pretty commonly used during labour. Your original post sounded as though it was not particularly safe for labour, the above post by you was a lot clearer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tam-I-Am View Post
    I mentioned it not because I wished to engage in scare tactics - taking it at 32 weeks for a headache has a pretty low potential for it to affect the baby's respiration..
    So why even mention the possible effects in labour in the first place? The OP is asking if it's safe to take at 30 weeks for a cold. A simple "yes it is" would have answered the question much better than a lecture aimed at other responders.

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    Because simply stating it's safe to take in pregnancy isn't quite true. If I said that - and the OP believed me and didn't check for herself (or another pregnant woman did) then they might very well take it at the onset of labour to help with contraction pain - which has potential other side effects. So I listed them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tam-I-Am View Post
    Because simply stating it's safe to take in pregnancy isn't quite true. If I said that - and the OP believed me and didn't check for herself (or another pregnant woman did) then they might very well take it at the onset of labour to help with contraction pain - which has potential other side effects. So I listed them.
    Then why not say it's safe at 30 weeks but has side effects if taken close to or during labour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tam-I-Am View Post
    Because simply stating it's safe to take in pregnancy isn't quite true. If I said that - and the OP believed me and didn't check for herself (or another pregnant woman did) then they might very well take it at the onset of labour to help with contraction pain - which has potential other side effects. So I listed them.
    I was given it in pre labour

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    Its safe in pregnancy, but be cafeful, i developed an addiction to codeine in late pregnancy which was a hard battle

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    We are talking about risks to an unborn baby not some random issue with just a standard non-gestational woman who can take the risk so she chooses without looking into it further if she so wishes.

    Tam said what she did to basically advise it might be better looking into it further before making a decision based on " Well I had it in pre-labour & I was fine ".

    Sorta like the smokers who say " well I smoked 10 packets a day & didn't get cancer !!! ".
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    Apparently it is fine to take, but I am always wary of it. It is codeine afterall. I refused any painkillers after my cesarean because I was BFing and couldn't stant the thought of tramadol and oxycodeine making its way into the baby's system and I have not taken any panadol or whatever this whole pregnancy despite developing a severe wisdom tooth infection which was agony.

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    Hope your cold goes away op, my advice, speak to a doc, apparently some people on here think that that is what they are but you do what you feel comfortable with. Enjoy your last weeks of pregnancy
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    I'm sure the OP has worked out now whether she's going to take some medication for her cold by now, so I'm closing this thread. In all cases of questioning medication - please seek the counsel of a doctor or a pharmacist. Thank you to all who contributed in a helpful manner.


 

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