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Pregnant and had a general anesthetic just week ago - what should I do!

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ruthietoothie Tue 04-Dec-12 15:20:27

I've just done a pregnancy test and looks like I'm pregnant with no 2! Exciting but a bit worried as had surgery under general anesthetic just ten days ago.

They did a test pre surgery and - obviously - it can back negative.

Tried to get an appt with mid wife but can't be seen for a week or so. Don't know what to do, and what risks are with the pregnancy.

Should I speak to my gp or the surgeon who carried the op out?

Any advice much appreciated,



givemeaclue Tue 04-Dec-12 15:22:30

Is this a joke?

YDdraigGoch Tue 04-Dec-12 15:27:28

If you did a negative pregnancy test at the time of the op, then you weren't pregnant, so no problem.

What's the problem?

MrsMiniversCharlady Tue 04-Dec-12 15:30:06

I wouldn't do anything. You were either not pregnant, or at such an early stage that the test didn't detect it. There's nothing anyone without a tardis can do, so I would stop worrying about it.

ruthietoothie Tue 04-Dec-12 15:32:26

No, this is not a joke (and I don't find it particularly funny I'm afraid).

I had the operation last Saturday (24th Nov), and took pregnancy test today. Haven't had sex in between, so guessing must have been pregnant but in very early stages.

Perhaps I should just stop worrying about it....

ISeeThreadPeople Tue 04-Dec-12 15:35:56


It's unlikely to be a problem at all. A GA in pregnancy is actually okay. Just mention it during booking in.

Hope you're recovered from your op.

BuntysFestiveCollocks Tue 04-Dec-12 16:06:52

My DMIL's friend had a gynae op to investigate some issues she was having. They opened her up, and found a teeny, tiny foetus - she didn't know she was pregnant. They sewed her back up, and that teeny, tiny foetus is now nearly 19, and an exceptionally clever girl.

ruthietoothie Tue 04-Dec-12 16:59:11

Thanks all! That's a lovely story about your friend Bunty...

LikeCandy Tue 04-Dec-12 17:16:40

My Mum went into hospital for a gynae operation under GA, had a positive test only days after (despite negative ones before the op) and gave birth to me 7 months later (full term!) shock

Good luck OP!

ruthietoothie Tue 04-Dec-12 17:22:07

Keep these positive anecdotes coming, making me feel much better, thank you likecandy!!

NAR4 Tue 04-Dec-12 17:59:30

In the very early stages of pregnancy (which I imagine you were) the baby hasn't attached to the wall of the womb yet, so nothing you do at this stage will affect it.

I had a major back operation when I was about 8 weeks pregnant with my second child (like you I hadn't realised I was pregnant) I had been told the medication I was on could stop my cycles and was not given a pregnancy test before hand. My baby was absolutely fine and the midwife and doctor had reassurred me whilst I was pregnant that it would be fine.

nananaps Tue 04-Dec-12 18:06:51

Hi, please dont worry, i had a general anaesthetic to deliver my baby!

Where i work, anaethetics actually save the life of the baby & the mother.

Its fine, really smile

TwitchyTail Tue 04-Dec-12 18:46:47

Don't worry - general anaesthetics are not contra-indicated during pregnancy at any stage. Plus you would have been so early that you were most likely not even sharing a blood supply with your baby at the time. Relax smile

Splinters Tue 04-Dec-12 18:55:11

Bunty that's extraordinary!

BuntysFestiveCollocks Tue 04-Dec-12 19:32:00

It is pretty amazing. She was in her mother's Fallopian tube at the time, so technically I suppose not even a foetus at that stage, just a bundle of cells with promise.

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