Four years ago, I found out I was 21 weeks pregnant with my second child. I had a 12 year old daughter and had pretty much decided I didn't want to have anymore children. So the pregnancy was a surprise and was not planned.
I had been on the medication Suboxone for awhile and was taking it when I found out I was pregnant. My doctor switched it to Subutex after a urine pregnancy test at his office.
The rest of my pregnancy was easy and normal, no issues except morning sickness every day the last 2 trimesters. During my last 2 trimesters I would gain a pound or two and two weeks later at the next MD visit I lost it again. So I didnt have any weight gain at the end but my doctor said as long as the baby was growing and gaining weight like it was supposed to, we wouldn't worry about it.
My doctor told me after delivery that my baby might experience Neonatal abstinence syndrome and we would probably be in the NICU for 3 days to 1 week and 2 weeks at the absolute most. He said the recovery would be less if we decreased my medication to at least 1 tablet per day. So over the next few months we decreased my Subutex from 2 tablets to 1 tablet per day.
My labor was induced at 7 am on September 10, 2019 with Pitocin. I had an epidural at 4 cm and delivered a 6 pound 15 ounce beautiful little girl we named Jakoby.
Our second day in the hospital she started experiencing withdrawal symptoms. After being unsuccessful with breastfeeding and my daughters Apgar score rising, I told them to send her to NICU. However they didnt send her until the next day and her score was 25.
The Nicu nurses started her on oral liquid morphine and increased the dose until her symptoms were under control.
They told me we would wait a few days and then start trying to wean her off the morphine. It seemed like she would take one step forward and 2 steps back. Whenever they decreased medicine she would show signs of withdrawal and they would have to increase it back and try again in a day or two.
After almost 7 weeks in the NICU, one doctor suggested we try adding the blood pressure medication Clonidine. Within 2 days she was off of the morphine and after almost 2 months in NICU, I finally got to bring my daughter home. They did send her home with the oral Clonidine for about a week following discharge. Right before trying the Clonidine the doctors were talking about trying methadone on my daughter. I can not express how drastic the difference was after starting Clonidine. She slept 10 times better and longer and I could just tell she was feeling so much better.
Needless to say I never expected or even imagined we would be in Nicu that long. My doctor acted like it was something simple and wasn't a big deal. He did not stress enough the side effects of NAS in my baby. It was the worst thing I've ever experienced, seeing my sweet, tiny, innocent baby suffer like that because of something I had done. . . or rather taken.
Today my Koby is 4 years old and she is in preschool. She is such a smart beautiful girl and I am amazed every day by her. She tells me we are best friends.
Luckily she did not experience any developmental delays.
She does have astigmatism in both eyes and is nearsighted which she has to have prescription glasses to correct.
She had tubes put in her ears in August of 2019 because she was getting an ear infection every 1-2 months. But she hasn't had one since the tube placement.
I am an extremely lucky and thankful mommy.
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