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Is there any problem for taking anesthesia during pregnancy?

I got to know very recently, after proper tests, that I am pregnant and roughly around 7th week now. Unfortunately before I know this, I had a set of dental procedures (3 root canals, 4 fillings) spread over last 6 weeks. I was given local anesthesia about 5 times during these visits. Lidocaine HCl 2% and Epinephrine 1:100,000 Injection The dosage was 2 carpules, 1 carpules, 1 car pules, 2 car pules, 2 car pules. This was spread over 4 weeks roughly between my 2nd and 6th weeks of pregnancy. Now that I know, I am regretting to have chosen dental treatment at wrong time. Given this anesthesia is a category B, but given that so many doses - if it would have crossed placenta, I am worried. Is there a firm way to know baby is unaffected by this or not - CVS/acetaminophen exams or anything? If there is any risk to baby, should I consider abortion?
Fri, 8 Aug 2014
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Hello ma'am and welcome.

Please do not get anxious. Wait for a while longer during which the baby will develop further, during this period we can examine the growth and development of the fetus with the help of ultrasound examinations, amniocentesis (if required) and a triple marker test. These should help. Only once an abnormality (if at all) is detected, consider abortion. Because if you go ahead with an abortion now without investigsting further, you may just be held responsible for the abortion of a perfectly normal child.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes.
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Is there any problem for taking anesthesia during pregnancy?

Hello ma am and welcome. Please do not get anxious. Wait for a while longer during which the baby will develop further, during this period we can examine the growth and development of the fetus with the help of ultrasound examinations, amniocentesis (if required) and a triple marker test. These should help. Only once an abnormality (if at all) is detected, consider abortion. Because if you go ahead with an abortion now without investigsting further, you may just be held responsible for the abortion of a perfectly normal child. Hope this helps. Best wishes.