(Closed) Depression and pregnancy – please help if you can!

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have depression, occasional anxiety and a mood disorder. I was on medication pre pregnancy and I’m on medication now that I’m pregnant. Did you talk to your doc before going off your meds? When I told my doc I was thinking about maybe TTC she changed my antidepressant . Once I got pregnant my ob actually took me off of my sleeping pills and my mood stabilizer. I thought it would be hard but so far I’ve done pretty well. If you need to be on medication during your pregnancy your docs will find something that’s ok for you to take. In my opinion and take it for what it’s worth, it’s better to take the medication than put the added stress of how you are coping on your baby.

Post # 4
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@scottishbride:  I’m so sorry, I know how you feel. I haven’t been diagnosed with depression but I do have anxiety. Currently 13 weeks and pregnant and anxious over the fact that I am worried about taking medication. Seriously, who stresses out and gets anxious because they may get panicky and not be able to take medication? This girl 🙂

Our cases sound very similar though, when I am on medication I am able to make it through life easier and able to relax a bit. My OB informed me that I am on such a low dosage that she doesn’t see any issues with taking medication as needed but of course I question it because that’s what I do best…worry!

I had an appt today for something else and talked with a different Dr who showed a little more concern but said she would look into other options that may be safer for the baby. Is this an option for you? I just wonder if you have discussed this with a health care provider because there may be something else you can take. Both providers I have seen have also said that soemtimes the benefits from the medication outweigh the risks. When I am stressed out, I am stressing the baby out and that can be just as harmful.

It isn’t an easy place to be, I completely understand you and feel for you. To just be normal and give our babies the best environment possible…but we still can it may just be a little different than the next person.

Feel free to PM me if you ever need to talk, you aren’t alone.

Post # 5
2649 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@scottishbride:  You need to go back to your psychiatrist and tell them what you told us and talk it out with them. They understand the effects of the medication better than you because they are professionals. Good luck to you and I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Depression and anxiety suck and anyone who’s experienced them or suffers from them knows how debilitating they can make you feel.

Post # 7
2944 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@scottishbride:  Honey I’m so sorry. I suffer from major depression, too, and am currently in the process of dosing down in preparation for TTC. It’s scary, and I’ve been going through some tough emotional rides. 

Do you love your husband? I mean truly deep down in your heart love him? Do you truly want children? I have a feeling your answers are yes. You can’t let the depression and anxiety take complete control. Unfortunately, if your doctor can’t find a safe medication to take during pregnancy, then you’re going to have to wrestle that control back. I’m not saying that it’s easy or something you can start doing right now, just sharing from my own experiences. 

Are you in talk therapy as well as seeing someone for the meds? Is it the same doc? It might be a good idea to do weekly appointments. Maybe for the next couple of months, if you can afford it, you can even try going twice a week to help with the adjustment period. I’ve had to do that in the past when even my medication wasn’t helping me through certain times. ((Hugs)) Please feel free to message me any time if you need a shoulder or an ear.

Post # 9
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Honestly, I think the biggest mistake that I made was going off of my medication when I was TTC/newly pregnant. I was completely miserable, irrational, moody and depressed (generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder).

I would get back on your meds, give them a few weeks to sink in again (or try a pregnancy-safe anti-depressant), and hold off on making any major life decisions until then.


Hope all goes well for you

Post # 10
2259 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree, see if you can try a pregnancy-approved antidepressant. I tried going off mine but couldn’t. My doctor wanted to keep me on it (celexa) since it was a lower dose and I did terribly off it! D: I’ve known many women who took it their entire pregnancies and it helped them a ton! I know I wouldn’t be the same person if I had to quit- depression can play dirty tricks on your body and baby’s health, too. For me it was one of those things that’s worth the tiny risk vs having the results of deep depression affect my baby during pregnancy. My doctor thought so too. 

Post # 11
102 posts
Blushing bee

I have anxiety and depression and experienced the same thing but when I started the pill. I know with the bc i used there is a hormonal difference. I hated my partner when I was taking them, but now that I am off there is such a difference. Talk to your doctor about your meds because if not properly weened off they can cause more damage than you started with. Have you tried natural supplements for depression? 

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