(Closed) Antidepressants and pregnancy

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I take psychiatric medication, and ideally, I’d wean off, then get pregnant, then give birth, then go back on. However, I’m sure you know that ideal and reality don’t always match.

There is a small risk with any medication taken during pregnancy. However, it’s a matter of weighing risks and benefit. A stressed, miserable expectant mommy can actually lead to premature birth and low birth weight, in addition to many other conditions! So, it sounds like your team of professionals have decided that the benefits outweigh the risks here.

 

ETA: I work in the mental health field, and have had pregnant clients on medication. It happens, and you are not automatically handed the “bad mom” card for needing medication. Many of my clients have gone on to have healthy, happy, full term babies.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m commenting to follow this thread. I’ve been off and on antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds since I was about 14 and I have no idea what I’m supposed to do once my husband and I want to have a baby.

I’m petrified that if I go off of them, I will be so anxious during pregnancy that I won’t be able to cope. I’m also terrified about post-partum depression and how my anger and depression affects my moods and ability to function.

So scary to think about and I really don’t know what I’ll do.

OP, at least you aren’t alone :/

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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MrsBearBear:  I suffer from severe depression and have for years. I’m also 31 weeks pregnant. I used to take really heavy duty antidepressants and anti anxiety meds, but as soon as they found out I was pregnant, I had to be taken off both.

I’m going to be honest with you, having to try and function without my meds through this pregnancy has been an absolute nightmare. They put me on sertraline so that I would have something to help but it’s a very low dose and frankly doesn’t do much. 

It has been a horrific experience, and I haven’t enjoyed a single aspect of my pregnancy. I spent most of my first and second trimester wanting to kill myself.

Speak to your doc extensively about this. The hormone fluctuations make everything 10x worse, and I highly recommend really doing some research on what meds you can and can’t take.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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MrsBearBear:  I’m hoping to as soon as my baby is born. Unfortunately that might mean I can’t breast feed but I’ve come to terms with that possibility. It’s just not fair to me or my baby to not be in the best mental state I can be. I’m also more at risk for both post partum depression and psychosis. Needless to say I’m going to have to be very aware of my own mood.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Different medications have different levels of “safety,” from what I understand. I would talk to your doctor about your options.

You should never feel bad about taking antidepressents though – the risks are far outweighted by the benefits. Depression during and after pregnancy can be very dangerous for both mom and baby.

I’ve not heard of the connection to autism and ADHD, but literally everything seems to have a connection with those things (I personally put my money on a mix of genetic and environmental factors).  Just try to be healthy and be good to yourself.

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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MrsBearBear:  I had serious chronic depression for a long time. My family is rife with mental illness. I tried several different medications and combinations for years before discovering Wellbutrin. It was a miracle for me and I was on it for probably 2 years when I  unexpectedly realized I was pregnant. I stopped the Wellbutrin and surprisingly, I was fine throughout the pregnancy and after. My friends and family were very worried about post-partum depression, but I was really happy. I felt “normal” just like I had on the Wellbutrin. I have no idea if it was related to pregnancy hormones or what. I was amazed. And my depression stayed in remission until it was triggered by an event a few years later. I went back on the Wellbutrin for about 2 or 3 years and then stopped and I’ve been depression-free ever since. And my depression was severe — I had a suicide plan and had actually bought the means to do it before the medicine started working. You know yourself, and sounds like your doctor agrees but based on my experience, I think sometimes the chemicals must balance themselves out somehow. I was really afraid and worried, and was so surprised when I felt ok without the medication. If you’re not suicidal and your doctors think it’s ok, you could think of weaning off if you want to try it. But if you decide to stick with it, there’s no need to feel shitty. We all do the best we can — you need to take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of your baby. Best wishes!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

This is what scares me so much. I take medication for anxiety and obsessive thoughts and when I was pregnant before (I miscarried at 6 weeks) the doctor stressed that I come off my medication ASAP. The thing is I would be a wreck without my medication, I feel that the withdrawal would be worse than staying on them while pregnant. Thinking of all of this makes me more depressed an anxious because due to my issues nothing comes easy for me. I also hate the judgement placed on women who stay on their meds from other moms. I have googled this stuff just to read up on it and the shaming and judging is harsh.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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GooteyBootey:  I commented before reading your post. I’m so sorry your pregnancy has been rough. It just reinforces the old saying that everyone is different. I hope things get better for you. Depression sucks so bad. Don’t feel bad if you can’t breastfeed. You’re right that you’re doing the best for both of you. Congratulations — wishing you health and happiness.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My sister just went through this. She stopped taking her medication until the baby arrived even though her doctor said it was better to stay on the meds. Now she is back on a low dose while she breastfeeds. I think it was the longest months of her life…her pregnancy was way more stressful than it needed to be but she was also worried about the baby having withdrawal symptoms. However, it’s a personal decision and I don’t think anyone with a reasonable amount of mental illness awareness would be pointing fingers at you if you decided to stay on medication. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

If you have any concerns about a specific drug, I would recommend talking to your pharmacist about it. They can verify for you if the drug is safe in pregnancy and suggest another treatment in case.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m in the same boat as you.  Clinical depression and anti-depressants for the rest of my life.  I am scared to death of going off my meds, but I plan to wean off while trying to get preggo and at least make it to the 2nd trimester before going back on.  Ideally I could make it to birth, but I do not think that is realistic.  

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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MrsBearBear:  It freaks me out. I would never want to go through it let alone with a child in utero.

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