Prozac during TTC and while pregnant

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I am on Prozac, and while it’s not ideal for pregnancy, sometimes the health of the mother trumps that. Talk to your doctor. I was very comforted by talking to mine as I had come to accept that pregnancy just wasn’t for me (other meds, not Prozac, caused that). She would prefer that I wean off of it, then get pregnant, but cold turkey or reduction would be possible too. The goal of pregnancy is a healthy mom and baby, and you should discuss with your doctor the best way to achieve this for you.

ETA: as Prozac is designed to affect seretonin levels, it should not interfere with ability to conceive.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: mountain venue

I think if you are having trouble coping and feel that prozac is necessary, you should take time to get yourself together before attempting to get pregnant. I say this not only because pregnancy is an emotional rollercoaster that you have to be prepared for but anti depressants such as prozac pose developmental risks to your unborn baby. Have you told your prescribing doctor that you are also trying to conceive? I just think if you are unable to regulate your own emotions, how are you going to help a little person with theirs? Not all mothers have the opportuntity to help themselves before they bring others into the world, but you do…. and good luck hope you feel better soon

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Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

montysttcjourney:  neither ATM, but I’ve talked about it with my doctor extensively because I plan to be one day and I want to be as educated as possible.

Also, PP, depression and anxiety are mental illnesses and not poor emotional regulation skills.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Def talk to your doctor.  I was on celexa for anxiety and have spent the past 3 months coming SLOWLY off of it- I am finally off of it and ok.  My dr didn’t want me on it.  There are a number of medical journals, which I have read, that indicate no causal relationship between SSRI and heart defects in babies  – other side effects, I have no idea.  My dr actually suggested zoloft or prozac, as opposed to celexa, but other doctors suggest the opposite.  That said, it really does depend on how much you need prozac, whether therapy can help, and whether you can get off of it without serious side effects.  I had panic attacks, but they were manageable…

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

montysttcjourney:  well, meds aren’t perfect either, they can take up to 4-6 weeks to work fully. What symptoms are you experiencing? I totally understand needing things to change now, I’ve both been there and been through it with clients, and I really wish it were that easy.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Prozac won’t make it more difficult to conceive! I’m on Prozac and I’m 5.5 weeks pregnant now. There is a small chance that it might cause a developmental problem in your baby, but my obstetrician told me that the risk of having my depression return was more of a threat to my developing baby than the risk of taking Prozac. If you don’t have diagnosed clinical depression, there are other things you can do to alleviate your stress and depression without going on meds… and you should probably try those first. But if you have clinical depression, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with treating it while TTC or pregnant. In fact, it’s often the better choice. 

DewB59:  “I just think if you are unable to regulate your own emotions, how are you going to help a little person with theirs?” If what OP is talking about is clinical depression (rather than just situational stress) then it really doesn’t work that way. Depression is a chronic illness, not something that you can be like, “I learned to regulate my moods! I beat depression!” Choosing to get on and stay on appropriate anti-depressants can be one of the most effective ways of taking good care of yourself, for someone with chronic, clinical depression. <br />

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: mountain venue

 

montysttcjourney:  I am very sorry you are going through this i understand putting long standing goals on the back burner is difficult, but maybe use the prozac as a quick fix and simultaneously do little counseling? I have heard it helps. Also when youre feeling down, remember that forming a human being is hard, and were allowed to be emotional while pregnant!!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
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KatieBklyn:  well, this is not a debate in which i want to participate in. we all have our opinions, and mine just so happen to be that medication is not a viable long term option, and while in the beginning stages of treatment (especially if you are suffering badly) I am pretty sure you would want to exhaust every avenue prior to just sitting down and giving in to your emotions. OP asked for advice..i gave it, and if you cannot respect another persons opinion, then what are you doing on the internet? Have a good one.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: mountain venue

 

Laurenplusalex:  Well seeing as though she is not talking about long term mental illness, she is talking about beginning stages of depression triggered by a traumatic event, then actually, thats exactly what it is, emotional regulation and coping. I didnt say that she shouldnt treat, i said that its better to overcome one thing at a time. maybe after all actions have been taken, it might be reasonable to say that anti depressants while pregnant are the best options, but this is not something that can be decided so early on…hense the doctors hesitation.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

DewB59:  You shared your opinion, I shared my opinion of your opinion. But perhaps you missed these statements in my post:

If you don’t have diagnosed clinical depression, there are other things you can do to alleviate your stress and depression without going on meds… and you should probably try those first.<br /><br />If what OP is talking about is clinical depression (rather than just situational stress)<br /><br />If your opinion is that long term use of anti-depressants to treat clinically diagnosed depression is never a viable option, then my opinion of that is: you’re wrong. If you can’t handle my opinion… well, then, I guess you know what to do. 

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