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What damage general anesthesia in the mom do to an unborn child?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
13 doctors agree

In brief: None, most likely

A number of anesthesia medications have a long record of safe use during pregnancy, with no evidence of any kind of harm to the baby.
We try not to give general anesthesia during the first 3 months unless it is an emergency. Be sure to tell the anesthesiologist you are pregnant. Depending on the type of surgery, spinal or epidural anesthesia may be a very safe choice.

In brief: None, most likely

A number of anesthesia medications have a long record of safe use during pregnancy, with no evidence of any kind of harm to the baby.
We try not to give general anesthesia during the first 3 months unless it is an emergency. Be sure to tell the anesthesiologist you are pregnant. Depending on the type of surgery, spinal or epidural anesthesia may be a very safe choice.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Decrease blood flow

Th main concern in anesthesia is a decrease in blood pressure in the mother that can lead to a decrease of blood flow in the placenta.
This can be easily treated and managed by your anesthesiologist. There is also a concern that anesthesia and surgery might induce early labor. Again this can be monitored and treated. Teratogenesis is possible in early pregnancy. I hope all goes well.

In brief: Decrease blood flow

Th main concern in anesthesia is a decrease in blood pressure in the mother that can lead to a decrease of blood flow in the placenta.
This can be easily treated and managed by your anesthesiologist. There is also a concern that anesthesia and surgery might induce early labor. Again this can be monitored and treated. Teratogenesis is possible in early pregnancy. I hope all goes well.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management

In brief: It is a risk

People never undergo anesthesia without subsequently undergoing a surgical procedure.
So the effects of anesthesia on a pregnant woman and her unborn child are actually the combined effects of anesthesia together with surgery. •the chance of miscarriage or fetal death as a result of anesthesia and surgery is about 5.8% when averaged over all trimesters. It is 10.5% in the first trimester.

In brief: It is a risk

People never undergo anesthesia without subsequently undergoing a surgical procedure.
So the effects of anesthesia on a pregnant woman and her unborn child are actually the combined effects of anesthesia together with surgery. •the chance of miscarriage or fetal death as a result of anesthesia and surgery is about 5.8% when averaged over all trimesters. It is 10.5% in the first trimester.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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