Anaesthesia during pregnancy

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Review date: May 2018

 

If you are or you think you might be pregnant it’s important that you tell the pre assessment or ward team.

What are the effects of a general anesthetic on someone who is pregnant?

A general anaesthetic causes you to become unconscious. The effects of a general anesthetic on a pregnant woman or her foetus (developing unborn baby) vary. It depends on the drugs used. In most cases, it is recommended that pregnant women should avoid general anaesthesia.

I think I might be pregnant. What do I do?

If there is any possibility that you could be pregnant we offer a pregnancy testing service free of charge. If you are pregnant we will offer support and guidance in seeking further advice.

If there is a possibility that you may be pregnant, it is important that you inform the medical or nursing teams.


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Patient statement

Please tick the statement to confirm that you have understood this leaflet:

  • I have read and understand the above information

Then please tick the statement that is correct for you:

  • There is no chance that I could be pregnant
  • There is a chance that I may be pregnant and therefore I consent to a pregnancy test
  • I am pregnant
  • There will be occasion when the surgeon requests a pregnancy test independent of the above. On that occasion I consent to a pregnancy test

 

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Last updated: May 20, 2016