Negative Effects of Anesthesia in the First TrimesterSo you know that you are going to be a mother. If it is possible, the best thing to do is to avoid any medical intervention. You have to be much more careful about your medication. Some drugs that can be taken normally before pregnancy like Aspirin may be fatal for unborn baby. Avoid any surgery and anesthesia that is not essential.
However, not all pregnant women can avoid surgery and anesthesia. The statistics show that nearly over 75,000 American women need surgery annually. That’s roughly about 2% of all pregnancies.
In most cases, anesthesia is generally safe. There is important negative effect of anesthesia for pregnant woman in surgery. During surgery, oxygen and blood flow must be monitored and maintained. Oxygen saturation and drop in blood pressure can be very harmful to the fetus and mother. Since anesthesia can affect Cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal system, surgeon must monitor for the unexpected trauma. Nevertheless, physicians generally acknowledge that intravenous anesthetics are safe for most pregnant women.
Another negative effect of anesthesia is the possibility of premature birth. This is why anesthesiologists often postpone any surgery until the second and third trimester. If the surgery is absolutely necessary, regional anesthetics are recommended to minimize the risks to the baby.
Keep in mind that every surgery is unique and different. If you are concerned, consult anesthesiologist or obstetrician for further information.