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Can general anesthesia during the first month of pregnancy hurt the baby?

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In brief: Depends

Anesthesia is avoided in pregnancy.
Especially first three months of pregnancy, all elective procedures are avoided, and if needed for life threatening emergencies to save the life of mother is given by highly trained anesthesiologists, who had special knowledge which medication to avoid.

In brief: Depends

Anesthesia is avoided in pregnancy.
Especially first three months of pregnancy, all elective procedures are avoided, and if needed for life threatening emergencies to save the life of mother is given by highly trained anesthesiologists, who had special knowledge which medication to avoid.
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Variable

There are some medications that anesthesiologists avoid with the first trimester of pregnancy.
Please talk to your anesthesiologist so a safe anesthetic can be planned for you.

In brief: Variable

There are some medications that anesthesiologists avoid with the first trimester of pregnancy.
Please talk to your anesthesiologist so a safe anesthetic can be planned for you.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not optimal

Anesthesia should be avoided if possible during the first trimester. If it inecessary the incidence of miscarriage and birth defects does go up.

In brief: Not optimal

Anesthesia should be avoided if possible during the first trimester. If it inecessary the incidence of miscarriage and birth defects does go up.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Janice Vaughn
Anesthesiology

In brief: Good history

Your anesthesiologist should take a careful medical history from the mother. This includes drug history, smoking and alcohol.
Also history of previous pregnancies and if there were any incidents. The type of aneshesia used will depend on the procedure to be done. With careful planning a safe anesthetic can be done without injuring the mother or the baby.

In brief: Good history

Your anesthesiologist should take a careful medical history from the mother. This includes drug history, smoking and alcohol.
Also history of previous pregnancies and if there were any incidents. The type of aneshesia used will depend on the procedure to be done. With careful planning a safe anesthetic can be done without injuring the mother or the baby.
Dr. Janice Vaughn
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