January is always a busy party month for me as it's my birthday. However this month was particularly excessive as there was lots going on, I took a maximum of one ecstasy pill every weekend (3 weekends in Jan) plus several dabs of mdma, consumed around 1- 2g of cocaine throughout the whole month, drunk in excess of 10 units a week, smoked marijuana daily along with about 6-10 roll up cigarettes a day and was taking nurofen plus between 2 and 4 tablets a day around 3 times a week to deal with the hangovers. I was also a heavy coffee and tea drinker (between 3-4 cups a day) from the date of my last period right on 28th Dec through to when I found out I was pregnant on 31st Jan.
I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant on the 31st Jan (Totally unexpected but my boyfriend and I are over the moon) However in the run up to finding out I was taking nurofen plus (ibroprufen and codeine) daily to deal with what I THOUGHT was severe period pain when in fact I have recently learnt it was my womb stretching! I knew something was up when I had 3 days of pain and no period so I did a test... Positive.
I was honest with my doctor and told him everything however he said as long as I stop everything right away, which of course I did (and I feel amazing!) I shouldn't worry but I cannot stop thinking about the damage I may have done to this poor little creature trying to survive inside of me during this crazy time of excess. He said that usually nature has a way of sorting things out and I would probably miscarry if there WAS something severley wrong but both my partner and I have discussed this and we have agreed if there was something wrong we would terminate if there would be no real quality of life for the child and certainly no quality of life for us as parents and we would try again with a clean bill of health (from both our parts!)
Its actually the Nurofen Plus I am the most worried about as I read online this can cause neural development issues plus heart problems for the unborn baby from days 17 onwards.
Has anyone else been through a similar situation and what was the result? Was your baby OK? Did you not go through with it when you found out something was wrong? Have any specialists out there got any advice for me on the potential risks and how late in the pregnancy do you have to be before you can choose if you no longer want to go through with it? What kinds of tests for defects are available on the NHS, and when in your pregnancy can you elect to have these? Can you pay for more detailed testing? (we are prepared to pay if it means we will get more accurate results)
There is so much info on the internet I am not sure what to trust but it was would be so helpful to get a response from someone who has been through a similar issue or get some advice from a healthcare professional.
Please respond with constructive comments and advice only, I know some people will not agree or approve of my lifestyle but I have not come here to be made to feel worse or any more guilty than I already do; I have come here for honest, straight up advice from those who feel they may be able to help/put my mind at rest. Thank you all kindly. Xx