Pregnancy and Lorazepam/Ativan

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/21/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone.  Just thought I'd give you some news that I'm pregnant! 
 
I'm 9 weeks along and my due date is June 27, 2008.  Yay!!
 
I went to a new doctor at a clinic near my home.  I had questions about my Lorazepam.  I did not agree with his answers.  I'm curious if I should get a second opinion?
 
I've been on this site for a while and always read the pregnancy posts about Klonopin, Xanax, etc; and these women all seemed to have doctors who found it was okay to continue taking their benzos while pregnant.
 
I take .5 mgs of Lorazepam a day!!! And the doctor is saying that it may be unsafe towards the end of the pregnancy.  But what is more unsafe; me having panic attacks because I can't take my medication, and going into labor way too early because of the panic; or me being calm and collective and NOT panicky !????!!!
 
This doctor made me very angry.  And I'm wondering if I shouldn't see a different doctor because he appears to be braindead.  I can't drink milk or eat dairy and he recommended Lactaid to help digest the stuff, but it didn't work and I got really sick.  Sorry; a little off topic there but I don't know if I like this doctor.
 
Does anyone have any advice?  I really have nothing against male doctors, but this one seems to be so anti-benzo and so FOR SSRI's.  My question also is; how can SSRI's be safe for baby if it takes months of being weaned off the medication? 
 
UGH I wonder if this is just another doctor so drug happy to hand out and keep people on SSRI's and is anti-benzo because they are no longer popular because kick-backs are no longer offered on benzos to docs.
 
Sorry, this was a long post, but I'm frustrated.
 
Oh and to Lyn- I haven't drank in a long while now. 
 
AND yesterday I went to the casino and had the worst panic attack with my fiance in the car and almost turned around.  We stopped at a gas station and I let him drive the rest of the way.  Then I was fine.  ugh. 
 
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sylknmyst
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   Posted 11/21/2007 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Twiggy,
 
First off, CONGRATS on the pregnancy!  Your post caught my eye because I too was on Xanax when I became pregnant with my first child.  I called hospitals, clinics, doctors, etc...did research on-line and whatever I could to find out about taking Xanax (or any benzo for that matter).  I just want to caution you that if taken during your first trimester, it can cause cleft lip and/or palatte.  After the first trimester is over, the baby is mostly developed, but obviously has to mature.  I took Paxil when I was pregnant with my daughter and Effexor XR when I was pregnant with my son.  And I agree with you, which is healthier, having the panic attacks or taking the medication.  My OB/GYN had me stay on my SSRI's because the benefits outweighed the risks to the baby.  I did not take the xanax unless absolutely need be.  Also, they say about withdrawals of the SSRI's to the baby after they are born, but both of my kids were healthy as can be...one was 7lbs, 9 oz and the other was 7 lbs. 14 oz.  They both scored high on the Apgar scales at birth and were both released the day after delivery along with myself!  Neither baby had withdrawals either.  Every pregnancy is different, and only you and your doctor know what is best, all of the above was my experience.
 
I wanted to tell you all of that to let you know that even though there are risks, you have to do what is best for you and the baby.  Talk to your OB/GYN again or get that second opinion.  All Doctors are different and if you aren't comfy with your current one, I would definitely look for another. 
 
Again, congrats - I wish you the best of luck and hope you have a wonderful pregnacy!!!
 
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/21/2007 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sylnmyst for responding!! :) I appreciate it. I agree with you and hope everything will turn out good. Only problem is that I have been having really bad dizzy spells lately. Did that happen to you in your first trimester?
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sylknmyst
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   Posted 11/22/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Twiggy,
 
It did with my first pregnancy.  I think it was part of not knowing what to expect with the pregnancy and part anxiety.  Plus, your body is going through a lot of changes right now as far as hormones go.  You may actually notice that once you hit your 2nd trimester, you might start to feel better anxiety wise.  Pregnancy definitely agreed with me!!  I felt pretty good my entire 2nd pregnancy...hormones again, I suppose!  Keep us posted and take care of yourself and that growing little one!!!
 
Sylk
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/24/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah First congrats on your baby to come ........My son was born the same day .....IMHO and this is just mine ......I was on ativan 05mg all thru my pregnancy had a healthy bouncing baby boy weighing in at 8 and a half lbs 23 inches long.......I had talked to the doc like you BUT back then it was the first tri they worried so much about the baby........but now it is more the last tri as the brain and other organs are finishing forming is what I was told .....
I also was told that since being on the ativan for so many yrs I could do more harm BUT that is me hun
CHECK with another doc and see what they say plz I am only giving you my experience
I am soooooooooooooooo happy that you are preggars and I know you will be a great Mom
 
You have come so far my Twiggy and I ..........ahem.....told ya didnt I ?? yeah
 
You make me so proud Twiggy you and no drinking I am in tears as I was yesterday with Meg ..........I knew dragging those demons of mine up may help someone and I am so glad it was you and Meg ............
 
If you need to talk email me sweetie I can be here for you ........
 
YOU have given me the BEST Christmas present ever......as has Meg........ tongue
Life is full of wonder now isnt it the beauty is there and not a pretense ......
 
One Day at A Time ..........Love ya tons and so PROUD of the baby coming and sobriety
Your sis in Sobriety.......by the way picked out any names yet ....ahemmmmmmmmm
 
S.I.S :-) ......Luvs
LYN
 
 
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/24/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Lyn- I've only been on Ativan for a little over a year. I'm considering going to my original doctor that prescribed me the Ativan. She's an English lady and I don't know what she'll say though.

And thank you lyn!! I don't even really think about drinking anymore. lol. I am addicted to grape gatorade and decaf coffee!
The only thing that sucks is how insanely hormonal I am and I get angry at Adam (my fiance) for whatever little thing I can LOL 
 
I feel like a blimp so half the time I wonder if he's gonna leave me ugh...

Ok... here are the names Adam and I have picked out...

for a boy: either Aiden or Shane

for a girl: Amelia

hehe

TG~


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wen4003
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   Posted 11/24/2007 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Twiggy,

Congratulations on being pregnant - it's the best news I've heard in quite a while.  I think you will have a great pregnancy and all the wonders that go with it.

I can't offer you any advice on the meds and pregnancy because I wasn't on any with any of my kids.  I just wanted to congratulate you.

BTW - great job on the no drinking.  The day I found out I was pregnant with my second son (I wasn't drinking before I got preggars with first son) I stopped drinking for good.  I consider him to have saved my life (I have never said this to him because I don't want him or the other kids to think he is the favorite.  He isn't really, but there is a very special bond between us.).  As much as I was drinking, I really don't think I would be here today.  With the amount that I was drinking and steadily increasing all the time, I really do believe that I would have drank myself to death a long time ago.   This son is now 15 and a pain in the butt - LOL, but he's here and so am I.

So, again congrats on all the good things.

Wen


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/24/2007 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Twiggy
Love the names.....Hmmmmm Lyn goes well with Amelia....think about it ...Amelia Lyn....roflmbo
Love Aiden

NO worries sweetie you and all other preggars women SHINE when they have a life inside
Yep those hormones play havoc but lol just you wait it will get better..........

I was front heavy could not see my toes at all with any of the babies and felt like a blimp as well ......but that blimp was the most beautiful gift I could have ever been given.......and like Wen said she is a teen like her son BUT I would not trade her for anything in the world ...ever.........not even with all the weight I gained ...I lost it as soon as she popped out ........Cait has saved my life as well ....I know it seems kinda corny but it is so true
Being a parent is a full time job you cannot call in sick ........lol or take time off ......EVEN when I am puking and have head in toilet i hear 'MOM where is my black so and so shirt" .DUH...I am puking here just give me a sec k ........rof****...........

Adam will not leave you ......get some books from the library and some for Daddy to read and explain to him all the good to come with the changes in your lives.......take him if possible to all appointments and let him see the baby on the ultrasound .............MY God it is the most amazing experience there is ..........

To know you Twiggy is to love ya and he ( daddy ) knows ya whether ya gain a few or not the end of it all is worth it .......TRUST me .........and Wen and all the other Mom's ............
I do remember that some of my panic was taken away as was anxiety when preggars ........I would sit for hours after work and just talk to the baby ( and play music with headphones on belly for hours as well )read all kinds of books ..ect ...they say it is great for them and personally I believe this is why or part of the reason Cait is highly intellectual
OMG .I am rambling......I love the fact of reliving that time and NOW knowing you will go thru it and then I get to call you

MOMMY........no better word in the dictionary......

Look after you drink lots of fluids and eat plenty of good food ,rest when you need to ( better now then later .....LOL) and know I am so deeply moved by all you have posted........you had the strength and I knew it but I could not push you ..it was something you had to do and you did it .........
JESSSHHHHHH now I am sounding like your Mother ..........lol

I needed this news so badly you have no idea ...........
Thanks my Twiggy......Mum...Mom ..Mommy.....MAAAAA.........lol

All my love to you and Adam and the baby
Luvs
SIS
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/25/2007 12:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Well thank you wen... I swear this kid is the reason why I can't even THINK of drinking because I would never want to cause any harm to this little life... ever... so many things can go wrong even if you drink a glass of wine... no alcohol is healthy when it comes to a growing baby... thank you again wen
 
lyn... you are hilarious... Amelia Lyn does have a nice ring to it... hmmm lol
 
Yeah I should get some books... like "what to expect when you're expecting" a classic... and Adam wants to go on every appointment... the first one he couldn't cuz he had to work... but this next one he's going with me...
 
I swear he doesn't even notice the weight... he just looks at the other "goodies" that are getting bigger too and just gets all wild LOL it's kind of hilarious
 
LOL mommy... I am going to be a mommy... weird... hopefully not to triplets or twins! LOL  Adam's mom is a triplet... my mom is a twin... what are the odds!?
 
Now is popcorn with lots of butter healthy food?  Because that is the only thing that I severely crave every few days... I can't stand sweets because my teeth hurt so bad when I try to eat them..
 
I think I'll listen to classical music like Beethoven or something when the baby's a little more along..
 
And fluids... I like gatorade? lol.. and lots of water of course
 
Well Lyn.. I love you!!! You are a close friend and I love the fact that you still think about me and in fact even remember me LOL
 
TG~
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/25/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
First
I COULD NEVER forget you
We have come a long journey Mom .......plenty of rocky roads and lots of good times as well
You tell Daddy I am so proud he is so into this pregnancy it is always the best IMHO for the dad to take part in all of it

Ya Caits Dad loved the "Goodies" too ........first time I swear I had a cleavage in my life lol
I did the Classical and soft rock and I know it did great for her inside me ....it is said to stimulate them and I believe that totally .......as does walking about just holding tummy and yakking away about everything
BOY did I yak ......as usual ..lol.....
Adam can also just lay on yer belly and talk to the baby about everything and anything ........

I got a book " From Mother To Daugher With Love" after Cait was born and in the book it goes back to my memories of my Grandma and my Mom...their hobbies what I loved about them most the stories they passed on and the traditons all the things possible that would tell her of her heritage and history of family and it also has me in it ...I still write in that book once a week and Cait has read it over and over ...best thing I could have got ..........

There are so many books out there also check in the resources for books there should be some and yes the info is very helpful but remember YOUR motherly instincts should kick in as soon as that baby comes out to say hello to the world ..........Like posted prior parenting does not come with a handbook and you learn as you go along.........
I am definitely of the mindset that the best thing you can give your child is love and your time
They grow so quickly and then you end up like Wen n I with Teens .......those are the harder years I have found so far lol
Cait and I are so much alike............ like the Mini Me in Austin Powers .........

NOW about the odds of twins or triplets I may stand corrected BUT if on both sides chances are a slight more higher ........you will find that out with ultrasound unless one is hiding behind other but 2 heartbeats will be heard IF...

Wait til you feel that first kick......thats something I will never ever forget.......Words cannot express that feeling
And then I swore Cait was gonna be a soccer player as all she did was kick and kick and kick .......

TOO funny.....
I ate popcorn nightly and not with too much butter but enough ( pre crohns)
and caramel sundaes with double caramel ...........
Other than that I never ate many sweets but I sure ate alot ........
YES Amelia Lyn does have a nice ring to it ........LOL.........

Can u tell I am so excited for you and Adam ........look back to a yr ago sweetie so much has changed YOU have done that and I bet with Adam at your side .......Tell him THANKS.......I feel like a giddy Nana

This is such a great way of letting others know that there is hope and happiness at the end of the tunnel .....you just have to take baby steps and believe in self ........

I loves ya Mommy and so proud of you ...........Say hello to Daddy.......n Baby

Stay Healthy and Happy the baby can feel your moods and emotions I believe.........

PFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTTTT Forget you ........Never.........Love ya ......Always
Keep the updates coming plz...........

S. I. S
Luvs
Lyn


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FitzyK23
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   Posted 11/25/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I post on Crohns but your post caught my eye on the main log in. First, congrats. Second, I just wanted to tell you that a lady I worked with suffered from anxiety and panic disorders as well as severe acid reflux and migraines. As soon as she was pregnant ALLLLLLL her health problems went away. She had been researching how to stay on her meds (I think hers were only PRN for the a and p) but she soon realized she wasn't going to need them. She was very reluctant to come off her acid blocker but her doc saw all her other health improving and insisted. We thought the doc was crazy but he was right. She was "cured" for 9 months. I don't know anything about a and p meds but if you need to stop them to see if you actually need them then it might be worth it. She was very happy she did. The downside was less than a month after delivery all her issues came back. I wonder if there is a way to just get the pregnancy hormones all the time to cure those diseases lol. Best of luck to you!
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