A 45-year-old member asked:
if i get anesthesia during the first month of pregnancy. could the baby be harmed?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Rodney Del Valle answered
35 years experience Anesthesiology
Yes: Only emergency surgeries should be perform during first trimester of pregnancy. Increase risk of mother going in premature labor and possibly baby malformations. Consult your OB and obstetric anesthesiologist.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Gabriel Goren answered
57 years experience General Surgery
Well,: Indeed only emergency surgery should be ever performed on a pregnant woman. Of course you may miscarry. An other aspect that you have to be aware in case the pregnancy progresses normally after surgery that there should not be birth defects. The anesthetist and a pediatrician/neonatologist could shed light if any the drugs used during anesthesia are known to cause birth defects.
Answered on Apr 27, 2013
Dr. Richard Pollard answered
29 years experience Anesthesiology
See below: During the first trimester there are many things that can go wrong with the pregnancy. There is a small amount of evidence that both nitrous oxide and benzodiazepines are bad for the development of the pregnancy during this stage. Talk to your anesthesiologist before the operation and make sure that they know you are pregnant before the operation so they can take precautions.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
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