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November 23, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 24



Ha, well I'm almost 25 weeks. In fact, tomorrow I will be.
I think I will start waiting every 2 weeks to post about my pregnancy.

Though I do have some news about it for this week. For the past week I have been dealing with a great pregnancy pain that I know a lot of pregnant women have to deal with...

Hemmoroids.

TMI, maybe.. but it's true. I have been in so much pain. I was pretty sure they were internal because they were bleeding and having mucus. Gross, yea, I know. I could have a bowel movement for days. I ended up going to the ER and the doc just diagnosed me with a external hemorrhoid. He told me what he was prescribing me, which ended up being Percocets, a suppository with steroids, and a cream with steroids. While we filled the prescription for the Percocets (which doesn't matter because they don't help me anyway), the pharmacist wouldn't fill the other 2 because they were a pregnancy class C risk. I don't know much about the risks of certain meds but the pharmacist sent Chris home with a piece of paper saying this -

Okay, well  I can't find the piece of paper, but it said something very similar to this -

Pregnancy

Teratogenic effects: Pregnancy Category C: Corticosteroids are generally teratogenic in laboratory animals when administered systemically at relatively low dosage levels. The more potent corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic after dermal application in laboratory animals. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women on teratogenic effects from topically applied corticosteroids. Therefore, topical corticosteroids should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Drugs of this class should not be used extensively on pregnant patients, in large amounts, or for prolonged periods of time.
But the paper also said that it can cause Cleft Palate, still birth, and premature miscarriage.

Who would want to use something that has these risks? Even if I am able to use a little bit of it, I would not want to risk this. It says it should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Yea, my butt may hurt, but I am not risking my baby. 

Also, I'm sure there are other things I have taken during my pregnancy that has certain risks too, but I haven't read anything about what can happen. I haven't had a piece of paper shoved in my face saying these certain meds can cause still birth or Cleft Palate.

So, I never got the prescriptions filled. I ended up getting Preparation H, which didn't help at all. Then we bough Witch Hazel and a stool softener which seems to be helping. I'm not so sure about the stool softener but the pain is going away. I really hope I get back to normal soon and will be able to have a bowel movement without having to struggle. 

My next OB appointment is Dec. 6th, so I will talk to them about this problem then. Maybe they can do something.   

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