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Surgery While You're Pregnant

“Help! I’m pregnant and my doctor says I need surgery. Will this harm my baby?”

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It’s very unlikely, says Portland, Ore., OB-GYN Desiree Bley, M.D. To avoid risking miscarriage, we delay nonemergency surgeries until the second trimester. Although preterm labor is a risk then and later, it’s a treatable one. We prefer regional or local anesthesia to
general, but even the latter won’t harm the fetus.

 

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By Jeanne Faulkner, R.N.

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