Is Temazepam Okay, and How to Discover Cord Issues?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 37 weeks pregnant. I have two concerns on my mind, as this is my first pregnancy after a long struggle to get myself pregnant.

  1. I have been taking 10mg of TEMAZEPAM from my 33 week (randomly) as I had lot of difficulty in sleeping at night due to shortness of breath and restlessness. I would like to know whether this tablet has any side effect for the baby.
  2. How do I find out that my baby's umbilical cord is not wrapped around the neck? Can I find it out by ultrasound scan or any other technology available for this?

ANSWER

My sources say that TEMAZEPAM is contraindicated for pregnancy (category X). Does your provider know you are taking it? There are safer alternatives that would probably also work.

As for the cord, about 25% of babies have the cord around the neck, so it's practically normal. We are prepared to deal with an uncial (neck) cord if it happens, and it's usually no big deal. An ultrasound couldn't necessarily tell one way or the other, plus things could change by the time of delivery.

-- Cynthia, CNM