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My 2 yo DS and I have been sick for nearly two weeks. DH took DS in to the ped last Friday and he was diagnosed with bronchitis. He has had a history of respiratory problems since he was very little and was prescribed albuterol. I haven't been in to see anyone, but everyone keeps telling me that the oxygen for the baby is compromised because I'm so sick.<br><br>
Is this a valid concern. I am nearly confident I have bronchitis and I've had it before. I know I will get better...but I won't keep sitting on it waiting to feel better if I am risking the babe.<br><br>
Anyone know? I tried googling, but I just don't have the time (or energy) to sift though stuff right now. Technically should be at home resting, but I'm here plugging away at work because I only have 17 more work days till my maternity leave starts.
 

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Your baby is fine. Chances are your oxygen isn't depleted and if yours isn't, the baby's isn't.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Your baby is fine. Chances are your oxygen isn't depleted and if yours isn't, the baby's isn't.</div>
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That's what *I* really felt. But I am SOOO tired of hearing from everyone that the babe isn't getting enough oxygen because I am so sick. I was beginnign to second guess myself.
 

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Your body will protect the baby. You would have to be awfully darn sick for it to affect the baby. I would not be worried but would still take it easy. It'll be a lot easier to give birth if you can breathe freely. Hope you're feeling better before then!
 

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Ask em where they got their medical degree. It really peeves me when people put such fear in a pregnant mom. Kids fair just fine much of the time when their mom is smoking 2 packs a day. How could bronchitis be worse then that? Even when I had asthmatic bronchitis as a smoker, my O2 levels were just fine.
 

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I was sick the entire month of November and part of December with bronchitis and a viral induced asthma flare up. I even ended up in the ER with sharp chest pain when I coughed or breathed deeply. But in spite of all of it, my oxygen levels were fine, and the baby was busy as could be.<br><br>
They did say that pregnancy makes it harder to shake illnesses, and I did end up on antibiotics and oral steroids for a week to finally clear up my breathing since it wasn't improving on it's own. So you may choose to go to the doctor for your own comfort. (It was SO WONDERFUL to finally feel healthy again.) On the other hand, I'm not sure I would have gone if it hadn't been for the asthma and chest pain. But either way, I'm sure your baby is fine.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So you may choose to go to the doctor for your own comfort. (It was SO WONDERFUL to finally feel healthy again.) On the other hand, I'm not sure I would have gone if it hadn't been for the asthma and chest pain. But either way, I'm sure your baby is fine.</div>
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Going to the doctor is such an ordeal for me. My crappy HMO won't let me *go to the doctor* because I am pregnant. After 20 weeks you have the choice to either go to L&D or to the ER. Neither of those sounds like what this kinda thing requires...but I just may...I don't know.
 

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If <i>you</i> don't feel lightheaded or anything, your baby is surely fine oxygen-wise! I hope you can go to a doc if you want to - I think in ER they generally have triage so you might have to sit and wait a while but I imagine they'd treat your bronchitis there no problem! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> take care of yourself, mama!<br><br>
PS I had a cough for 2w - that nobody else around me got - and my abs were killing me and I lost my voice - I do think our immune systems are a little weaker pregnant.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Going to the doctor is such an ordeal for me. My crappy HMO won't let me *go to the doctor* because I am pregnant. After 20 weeks you have the choice to either go to L&D or to the ER. Neither of those sounds like what this kinda thing requires...but I just may...I don't know.</div>
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Actually, I did go to the ER. I went to my primary doctor first, but he didn't seem to want to touch me with a ten foot pole because of my pregnancy. He didn't do a thing that would help me, and I was really frustrated. I felt bad going to the ER, because I didn't think it was truly an "emergency" but it felt like no one else would listen.<br><br>
The nice thing about being pregnant in the ER is that, at least in my experience, they got me in really fast. I was in and out in 3 hours, which included waiting, triage, seeing the doctor, and receiving a breathing treatment.<br><br>
It really stinks that your HMO won't even let you go to the doctor! Who are you seeing for you pregnancy care. I am seeing midwives, who aren't able to help with breathing/non-pregnancy things, but I was assured that an OB should be able to prescribe meds for a pregnant woman for things that aren't specifically pregnancy related. If I were to get sick again, I might consider contacting my midwives' back-up doc before heading to the ER.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My 2 yo DS and I have been sick for nearly two weeks. DH took DS in to the ped last Friday and he was diagnosed with bronchitis. He has had a history of respiratory problems since he was very little and was prescribed albuterol. I haven't been in to see anyone, but everyone keeps telling me that the oxygen for the baby is compromised because I'm so sick.<br><br>
Is this a valid concern. I am nearly confident I have bronchitis and I've had it before. I know I will get better...but I won't keep sitting on it waiting to feel better if I am risking the babe.<br><br>
Anyone know? I tried googling, but I just don't have the time (or energy) to sift though stuff right now. Technically should be at home resting, but I'm here plugging away at work because I only have 17 more work days till my maternity leave starts.</div>
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Wow, I could have wrote this a few months ago! I was diagnosed with severe bronchitis that <i>would just not go away</i>. Somehow with my allergies(which got so much worse with bronchitis) and the illness I managed to become asthmatic. I was put on Albuterol. I did TONS of research and had a lot of conversations with both my obgyn and primary care givers and we all decided that I am better off with the inhaler and it's best that I can breathe.<br><br>
It's better to use an inhaler due because the meds go straight to the lungs and not through the bloodstream first. It is still a class "c" med,but this momma needs it!<br><br>
Feel free to message me with any questions or concerns, I know where your at! I was freaking out when this all was going on.<br><br>
BTW, My babys' growth is right on target...so he seems well.<br><br>
Good luck and I hope you feel better!
 

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I would be much more worried about keeping hydrated than depriving the little one of oxygen. I hope you are feeling better, lots of tea with lemon and honey <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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