Acceptable risk?

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Acceptable risk?
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Fri, 11-13-2009 - 12:49pm

Recent conversations with my OB and surgeon got me thinking about this.

Is it ever ok to undergo a procedure while pregnant that carries a significant risk of causing an abortion as an unintended side affect if there is no threat to the mothers long term health?

I promise I will fill ya all in later about where this came from I just wanted to hear some answers first

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Registered: 04-10-2003
Fri, 11-13-2009 - 1:07pm
Yup. as the owner of her body, she is the only one who gets to choose the risks. We'll compromise and leave that up to 26 wks ;-)
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Fri, 11-13-2009 - 1:25pm

Now I'm worried. Are you ok?

To answer the question, if the procedure could wait until after the birth, I would wait. If it was serious and needed to be done immediately, I'd rethink it depending on how hard it had been for me to get pregnant and whether this was conceivably (excuse pun) my last chance at having another baby.

Seriously, are you ok?

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Registered: 01-19-2006
Fri, 11-13-2009 - 2:06pm

I guess it would depend on the circumstances. But in general, I would say the final decision should ALWAYS be left to the woman, and no one else.


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Fri, 11-13-2009 - 4:11pm
Absolutely. I think the woman is always in charge of her own body, regardless of whether or not she is pregnant. Now, if I personally knew this woman and she were asking me if I would take the risk, that would totally depend on the type of surgery and the necessity of it. It would also depend, for me, on how I feel about the pregnancy. Honestly, I can't imagine a situation where I wouldn't be thrilled to be pregnant. But if that were to change somehow, that could very easily sway my opinions on the surgery.
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Fri, 11-13-2009 - 8:46pm

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Like others have said, I think that it's got to be the woman's decision. If it were me, I would think not. That's why I'd even be reticent to consider an amniocentesis with a future pregnancy unless it was really, really important.




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Sat, 11-14-2009 - 2:40pm

I agree.


It would have to be something vital for me to do it. If I'm not healthy and my life is at risk, then so is my childs anyhow. and I have 4 children at home who need thier mother too, so I wouldnt refuse it if it were lifesaving. I would refuse it if it was osmething that could wait until after the baby is born.





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Sun, 11-15-2009 - 7:44am

Didn't mean to panic anyone I am fine. I will fill you all in on where I got the question though.

I ended up with really bad gallstones and my OB wants me to have the surgery before 20 weeks because he is concerned a bad attack after that point could induce premature labor. So I went and met with the surgeon and he explained all the risks to me.

For myself I decided I would rather deal with another miscarriage than another preemie so chose to make that my higher risk out of the two. It did get me thinking though about how other people would react.

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Sun, 11-15-2009 - 11:39am
I can see why. I had gallstones for five years before they finally diagnosed my pain correctly. Luckily, for surgeries to have while pregnant, this one is fairly quick and the recovery isn't too bad. I hope everything goes well.




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Sun, 11-15-2009 - 1:37pm
(((hugs)))) I hope it all goes well for you and the pregnancy is not negatively impacted in any way. After all you've gone thru, I can certainly see how you came to your decision, as hard as it must have been to make!
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Registered: 11-03-2009
Sun, 11-15-2009 - 5:35pm

~After all you've gone thru, I can certainly see how you came to your decision, as hard as it must have been to make!~

I totally agree!

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