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I have just found out that I am pregnant. I was on morphine and panadine forte in hospital 3 weeks ago. also had ct and xray

Posted by nikki

I didn't know at the time that I was pregnant. I had an ultrasound a week before going into hospital for severe abdo pain. They had me on regular morphine, and did a XRAY and CT scan of the lower abdomen. I am now worried if I have done any damage to my baby and need some advise. I have always been strongly against abortion but at the same time am worried of having a child with a lot of problems. PLEASE HELP!!!
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How far along are you now? Approx how far along were you when you had these procedures done?

If you are worried then I would definitly see your physician and tell him of your concerns.  

As far as the morphine goes- a baby doesn't begin to  share nutrients through the blood until about 6 weeks...or so (I can't remember right off the top of my head but I am pretty sure) so if the morphine worked itself out before then it may not even be an issue. 


Just remember- there are many pregnancies in the world that go through far more than you have and have had healthy children- hold onto that for hope until you can see your physican :)

The best of luck to ya

I just found out on Wednesday last week that I am pregnant, But not quite sure how far along at the moment. I'm having an ultrasound tomorrow and will find out. I don't think I would be too far along because they didn't pick it up four weeks ago on ultrasound. And thankyou for your answer. I will now be a little more at ease before I go see my doctor.

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I agree wholeheartedly that you will get the best answer if you discuss these concerns with your physician. 

You might check to see if the hospital did a pregnancy test before the Xrays and CT, because that would show you were not pregnant then. 

Also,  I should mention that even though the blood supply of an embryo does begin developing by 6 weeks, women who are or may become pregnant should avoid all drugs that could harm a baby, because the most critical time for harming a developing baby is the first few weeks after conception. Fortunately, neither morphine nor panadine (codeine and acetaminophen) are drugs that are known to cause significant problems when taken during pregnancy.  

Good luck!

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