Did you take antidepressants or anti anxiety meds during pregnancy?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

gr8tful4friendships :  

I would go through your psychiatrist. There are some meds that should not be taken at all, and there are others that have been studied and have been deemed safe for the baby.

You need to discuss this with a doctor, they are the only ones who can tell you if the risks outweigh the benefits.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I bet your doc can find drugs that are good for your mental health and your baby. I’ve never been pregnant but would be interested to hear what your doc tells you as I’ll be in your shoes in the next few years. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Hot baths help my anxiety but I’ve heard they are not good for TTC so even things most people think are safe for babies aren’t. Only your doc can say for sure. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
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I would also see someone who specializes in the meds, I had to go off of one immediately and I had to wean off of another a few weeks before my due date so the baby wouldn’t go through withdrawal when she was born. When I had a horrible time coming off of it, I was prescribed another that was safe for the rest of the pregnancy and nursing.

Definitely go through a knowledgeable prescriber.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

So I was on lexapro and trazadone before I got pregnant. My doctor had me stop the trazadone right away and I slowly stopped taking the lexapro. They recommendened 5mg of Prozac. They said it was perfectly safe, I opted to stay off of the meds, for now anyway. If I need them again, I wouldn’t hesitate to take them. You have to take care of yourself. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee

I take Lexapro daily & have been TTC. I was told by my MD that I would have to take a lower dose or even wean off it completely. There are different categories related to the risks of certain medications. You can look up the medications online and see. But I would agree with PP’s that you should talk to your MD. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

I didn’t but my friend did and recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! I believe she was taking Zoloft.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I’m so curious about this as well. I’m on wellbutrin and dexadrine, both of which i’m pretty sure you can’t take while pregnant (or even breastfeeding for the dexadrine) and I’m really nervous about it when we do start TTC. I’m afraid I won’t be able to perform at work while being pregnant or that i’ll have bad post partum… Sorry, this isn’t very helpful, but I’m following this for any info and to hear others experiences with either taking them or going off of them while pregnant and/or breastfeeding!   

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I was on Effexor 37.5mg during my pg with DS1. He’s a bright 10yo with no obvious side effects from my taking an AD during pg. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
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I have actually had this talk with my doctors since I am considered high-risk due to having epilepsy. My psyciatrist, bless her heart, got very passionate when I told her that the high-risk counselor said I should reduce my Prozac. She said that yes, it would be great for a woman to not have any medications, but anxiety and depression is just as bad for baby. That when they say it is 3-4% chance of birth defects, they fail to say that normal women have that chance of birth defects in general. She literally read to me from research studies because it made her furious that people try to say “don’t take them” like it is so easy.
I take 40mg of Prozac along with several other meds. My high-risk counselor said I could not take my seizure meds and should switch because there is not enough research on it. That pissed my neurologist off also since no one ever purposefully tests medications on pregant women. Let’s just say I need to change counselors because she pissed off all my doctors.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
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I highly recommend you speak with a genetic counselor who can advise you on what anti-depressants are lower risk during pregnancy. I had met with one who determined that both medications I was on were okay (though risks are still associated) but there is little research on the combination of more than one anti-depressant.

Ultimately I decided I felt it best to wean off both medication which was scary in itself but I have done so successfully at this point in time.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
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I take 50mg of Zoloft daily. It’s safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

LittleButtons :  If you have any of that research or authors of the research etc. would you mind linking/referencing it? My situation is very different from yours, but I’m still very interested in similar info. If not, thanks for sharing that anyway! Made me feel a bit better. 

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