Is taking methadone while you are pregnant safe?

This isn't an easy question to answer. I do know that there are pregnant women who attend the local methadone clinic, however, it can and does cause addiction in the newborn. It all depends if the benefits outweigh the risks. It is important to discuss this with a doctor.


I agree that there are pregnant women who attend a methadone clinic and are able to have a healthy baby. I myself know several of them. However, their baby stays in the hospital while they wean it off of the methadone (again, this applies to the women I know that were pregnant on the clinic... not all women who have a baby while on methadone will have to leave their baby at the hospital for weeks at a time for the baby to be withdrawn safely under medical supervision). So, therefore, I would advise anyone who is pregnant to speak to their personal doctor about the risks and benefits of taking methadone while pregnant. I do, however, think that it is better for a pregnant woman to be on methadone instead of a cocktail of drugs that could really endanger (or worse) the unborn child.