A 45-year-old member asked:
Could having general anesthesia just before conception be dangerous to my baby?
3 doctor answers • 17 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: Medications used during anesthesia are out of your system very quickly. There would be no risk during pregnancy having anesthesia befor conception. Even during pregnancy anesthesia is sometimes required for various surgical emergencies.
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Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Probably not: Most general anesthetic medications leave your system very quickly. None of the medications in general use today are known to cause birth defects. Certainly we would recommend waiting a few days after general anesthesia before you start trying to get pregnant, just to make sure all the drugs are out of your system. But if it happens, don't worry--chances are that your baby will be fine.
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Anesthesiology 30 years experience
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Last updated Jun 30, 2021
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