(Closed) Lexapro/Escitalopram while pregnant?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
1386 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was on Zoloft before getting pregnant – I continued throughout my pregnancy and I am now breastfeeding (baby is 6 weeks).

I am on a very high dose so being off of the medication would have been detrimental to my mental health – I am/was also high risk for PPD. I have anxierty that transitions into depression. Zoloft is a class C, but is one of the most prescribed and most studied medications. 

I talked with my GP, OB, and pedi about the risks and benefits. My baby is healthy and perfect. 

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m currently 8 weeks pregnant and taking Luvox, which is a class C SSRI. I was so worried about the potential side effects that I went to a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist before we got pregnant. She reassured me that the minimal side effects the baby might experience (and it’s rare) would be a little fussiness for the first few days. Similar to what another Bee said above, you really have to weigh the risk of going off the medication and what your anxiety level could do to the pregnancy, with the risk of staying on the meds. I know its a difficult decision, and its one my husband is 100% behind me on, but it took a lot of knowledgeable doctor’s opinions and reassurance to make us feel okay about it. 

Post # 4
2168 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

I have not been pregnant but I also take Escitalopram (20mg, not a super high dose) for anxiety and it helps me immensely, I’m glad you’re doing better already!

As for pregnancy, I would just follow the recommendations of your doctors, though I believe most would tell you the stress and anxiety without the medication would likely be worse for you and baby than being on the medication. 

Good luck, and be kind to yourself!

Post # 5
2900 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I took Prozac through pregnancy and everything was fine. My son was born with a very minor, mostly cosmetic birth defect that was surgically corrected when he was six months old. There’s obviously no guarantee that it wasn’t caused by the Prozac, but there is also zero evidence that it was caused by it. I don’t feel guilty at all – untreated depression during pregnancy and postpartum would have been way worse for my son. He is now almost two, happy and healthy and smart and beautiful! Zero regrets. 

My OB was very philosophical about it – he said, “There is a small risk, but you always take a risk when you create a child. If you cannot bear a risk, you cannot have a child.” 

Post # 6
1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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ohhsnap :  I will be TTC at the end of this year and I’ve been taking Lexapro for eight years. I was worried about the potential risk to an unborn baby too, but I discussed it with my GP last month and she was of the opinion that it would be more risky to stop taking it (I have OCD, GAD and depression and am at high risk of PND because of existing depression and family history).

I plan on discussing it with my OB as soon as I get pregnant, but I know there’s no way I can come off it and expect to work and live normally so I’m staying on it unless otherwise advised for now.

Post # 8
1359 posts
Bumble bee

I just met with a maternal fetal medicine specialist to go over all of my medications. I’m on Lexapro and Trazodone and she said both were OK to keep taking. She’s even OK with my taking my low dose of Xanax as needed. She said that my mental health is of utmost importance and it would be riskier to have my depression/anxiety uncontrolled. Good luck!

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