CO exposure? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-26-2004, 12:07 AM - Thread Starter
 
Jessviola's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 3,796
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Our muffler broke on the way home today and we had it rigged to stay in place while we drove the rest of the way (we were pretty close, 10-15mins). We drove with the windows and sunroof open the whole time and I covered my face with my shirt and only breathed through my nose and even stuck my head out the window on a regular basis to make sure I got fresh air :LOL.

Should I be worried about CO having an effect on my unborn baby? I ate when I got home and he's kicking up a storm now so I'm hoping it's ok, but after looking stuff up online, I'm worried. I'm not experiencing any symptoms, but I read in one place that even if the mama has no symptoms, it can still affect the unborn baby.
Jessviola is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-27-2004, 01:50 PM
 
Kundalini-Mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: LOVING LIFE and oh, so thankful!!!
Posts: 2,723
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was so hoping you would get some replies and info.

My hubby is dragging his feet about getting our muffler fixed ($ issues of course), and the muffler is falling off. I will no longer ride in the car or allow my son to ride in it. He of course thinks I'm making a big deal out of nothing :rolleeys

Did you come across any good links about carbon monoxide and the muffler situation?

Hope someone else gives you some more info.
Amy
Kundalini-Mama is offline  
Old 09-28-2004, 01:32 AM
 
MountainLovinMama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 485
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am no expert, but I would tend not to worry about one 10 or 15 minute ride, with very good ventilation (windows open, etc).

If it is a long-term issue I would be more concerned. If you are worried about CO exposure in your car and whether or not to fix the muffler, I wonder if a carbon monoxide detector (like they make for homes) would be effective in a car?

I have a friend whose daughter suffered some effects from CO exposure - but it (the exposure) was over the course of the entire pregnancy, and the baby's early infancy (CO leak in the heating system in their home that went undetected for a long time). I would think that one very brief episode, with lots of fresh air, can't be too harmful!
MountainLovinMama is offline  
Old 09-28-2004, 01:45 PM
 
Kundalini-Mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: LOVING LIFE and oh, so thankful!!!
Posts: 2,723
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well, just wanted to update you on our situation.

I called a mechanic yesterday so hubby could drive the car down for an estimate. Only $100, so he got it fixed today.

The more I think about your situation Jessica, the more I am not worried. I remembered during my DS's pregnancy, we had the furnace serviced at our rental house. The oil guys said, "wow, I can't believe you aren't dead yet". A huge hole in the furnace leaking Carbon monoxide. Our landlord was very negligent and hadn't had the furnace *looked at* in 10 yrs.

I went and got a blood test and it came back negative. And that was like 28 weeks in, so I had a lot of exposure.

I'm sure you are fine, but you can get a blood test if you are worried.
Amy
Kundalini-Mama is offline  
Old 09-28-2004, 03:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
Jessviola's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 3,796
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for the replies! I think everything is ok, but the websites I had been looking at were really freaking me out. I had a tough time trying to figure out how the info applied to my situation too since most were about homes or running a car in a garage. I haven't been back in the car yet, but dh just got it fixed this morning so it's all better.
Jessviola is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off