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Meptid in labour

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almmummy Fri 25-Mar-16 20:37:47

Hi there, did anybody have Meptid during labour? Did you find your baby was slow to feed and a bit sleepy? They say it does not cross the placenta but my first was exhausted and could only manage one swallow per feed. I want to use it this time but don't want to affect baby's feeding. My first might have just been exhausted from a traumatic forceps delivery though

Junosmum Fri 25-Mar-16 21:30:08

I didn't have it but my baby was incredibly sleepy and slow at feeding- so much so we couldn't wake him for feeds and had to syringe colostrum in to his mouth for 2 feeds.

So it may have just been delivery (I also had forceps following a long labour).

MabelSideswipe Fri 25-Mar-16 21:32:03

It does cross the placenta, it just leaves the baby's body more quickly than pethidine. All opiates will cross the placenta if they have time to do so.

almmummy Sat 26-Mar-16 07:16:37

Thanks, that is really interesting to hear. The second dose was only a couple of hours before delivery but it was also a forceps delivery with cord entanglement so poor baby went through the mill. I'll do what I can to avoid it this time but would still rather have this drug than an epidural if poss

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