Hi everyone. I'm currently 8 weeks pregnant, due 18/9/16, with surprise baby no.5 after what will be a 9 1/2 year gap.
Since I had my last 4 children (about 5 yrs ago) became dependant on otc codeine meds for neck pain and migraines. Once I realised that I had become dependant I saw a GP and started on Suboxone.
I've suffered depression on and off and to various degrees since I was 13 also and I am taking Prestiq 200mg/day.
I would like to connect with others who are also taking pain meds and worried about the baby withdrawing after delivery. Or are worried about being judged by staff for being on opiate replacement. Or have found that the recommendation to change from Suboxone to Subutex difficult for some reason (despite never having morning sickness before in any other pregnancy or this one, the subutex has caused me nausea and vomiting for up to three hours after each dose).
Other worries of mine include the potential for sertonin syndrome caused by my antidepressant when combined with other medications; the fact that I worked as a registered nurse and student midwife at my local public hospital in both special care and maternity and don't want to be judged by old collegues when I give birth; I hope to have the baby at home and I worry that I will not be considered low risk due to my medications; and, medical stuff aside, I wonder what it will be like having a baby after so long - kind of feels like starting over even though I have the same husband and my children are all still at home (DS 14, DS 12, DS 11 & DD 9 by the time I have this baby). Just to add a bit to the story my hubby already had 2 × DDs who will be 19 and 22 by September - yes, he will be a father of 7 later this year! We are both quite overwhelmed by it all...
I hope that I have posted in the most appropriate place. I might also add this to introductions.
Looking forward to joining you all :-)