(Closed) TTC: Any bee’s that take anti-depressants?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My doctor says that in some situations the risk to the baby from the mom being OFF the meds is greater than her being on them.  I’d definitely talk to your doctor and see what s/he suggests.

Post # 5
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Depending upon your doses and level of anxiety, it may not be an issue to go off during this time frame. A dear friend went off and really used lots of herbal treatments for the anxiety. She also ate a special diet designed by a nutrionist that assisted with her cutting down the types of foods that may have anxiety causing ingredients in them. She was fine. She actually has never gone back on them and has just used the nutrition to aid with her anxiety. 

Post # 6
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I was not on meds during TTC or most of pregnancy, but my OB actually prescribed Zoloft for me when I was about 35 weeks pregnant because I was so depressed and unhappy due to having a miserable pregnancy. I stopped taking it a couple of days after giving birth, and now (four months later) I’m doing fine and haven’t had any symptoms of PPD. Both my OB and my kid’s pediatrician agreed that they would much rather have a mom on (certain, well-studied, usually Category B) meds and have her be able to keep herself otherwise sane and healthy during pregnancy and postpartum, than have her get off all meds and really struggle and suffer, potentially with detrimental effects to the child. I know that when I was depressed during pregnancy, I was not good at taking care of myself when it came to eating right, sleeping, exercising, taking my vitamins, etc. One of my best friends was off drugs for her first pregnancy, and said it nearly killed her marriage. For her second, she had a different OB who said that the only concern he had with her being on Prozac throughout pregnancy was the fact that other people would judge her for it, and that he had no qualms about keeping her on it.

Post # 7
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I guess I can’t give you any advice… because I went off my meds against doctor’s orders. It really wasn’t against, it was just without her knowing that I went off them. I did it for several reasons, one being that she kept pushing meds on me and I was sick of it. Plus, I was constantly getting headaches from the medicine which was (IMO) not working. I slowly tapered myself off, and took a natural dietary supplement from a natural food store. I can’t remember the name… but it was great! I also bought fish oil pills during that time. The dizziness and headaches were crazy, but I got through it within a matter of weeks I’m back to normal.

Like I said, I can’t give you advice, I did it totally wrong 🙂

Post # 8
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

when I was on antidepressants (prozac) I was considering TTC, and my doctors said that in the first trimester it should be fine, and there actually wasn’t anything showing it could cause problems later on, they recommended that I didn’t take it. However, I did a lot of research at the time as I also wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t go downhill myself and found that there isn’t much scientific evidence either way (mainly because of the ethics of funding studies involving pregnant women – the stuff about it being safe in the first trimester is based upon the women who didn’t know they were pregnant and were taking antidepressants, so there really isn’t evidence for the second or third trimesters about whether it is bad or not.  And I put a LOT of time into researching it, and really didn’t find anything negative about modern antidepressants in pregnancy).  So I think it has to be what is best for you.  If you feel uncomfortable coming off it, then you should be fine. However, also keep in mind that IF there is a problem with the pregnancy, you will never know whether or not it was the medication that caused it. At the same time, if you come off it and there are problems, you won’t know if it was your stress that caused it – so you can’t really win!

I ended up coming off my meds last year, and I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have any problems. I was really worried I might get loads worse again and I didn’t.  So if you are feeling stable and good in yourself now, then you may as well try coming off them and see how it goes.  If you get worse, then cross that bridge and you can maybe take them again/look at other options.  But now seems like a good time to try coming off and see how it goes and just take it one step at a time.  

I also know what you mean about how open to be on these boards but we really shouldn’t feel ashamed if we’ve had some mental health problems – it shouldn’t be any more or less embarrassing than physical health problems and yet it is!!  good for you for being honest x

Post # 9
918 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was on Prozac and Ativan before TTC and I completely weaned myself off (under my doctor’s guidance) before TTC. I know they say its safe to be on Prozac during early pregnancy but the idea of it just didn’t sit well with me. My doctor is on speed dial in case I have a random anxiety attack but so far things have been great. Right now I have no foreseeable plans to start back on the meds again!

Post # 10
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am on Lexapro for anxiety/stress and mild depression.  I haven’t been on it very long yet (1.5 months or so), but it is already proving to be very beneficial to me.

When the time comes for Darling Husband and I to TTC, I plan to talk to my doctor about it and take his recommendations.  And as some of the PPs have stated, many doctors believe it is more beneficial for mother/baby for the mother to stay medicated during pregnancy.

Post # 12
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I take Cymbalta and talked with my doctor about it as well for TTC – we both decided it would be best to decrease the dosage slowly as well. Lord help me when that time comes!

Post # 13
155 posts
Blushing bee

I’m pregnant and I take zoloft. In some circles, I would get vilified for saying that. I have an anxiety disorder. I went through 1.5 yrs of infertility issues before we got pregnant, and going off the meds during all the infertility stress would have been a horrible idea. I’ve dropped my dose in half since getting pregnant, and my goal is to taper off if I can, but my psychiatrist and my ob/gyn (who talk to each other, and this communication is vital) feel that it’s important that my anxiety doesn’t go off the deep end. That would be harmful for me and the baby. Is the situation ideal – no, but it’s the best I can do. 

One thing my doctors have been adamant about is that I don’t take herbs because they aren’t regulated. You can’t guarantee what dosage and herbal purity you are getting. I take fish oil because it’s good for baby brain development and my mood, but they don’t want me to touch herbal supplements. They do recommend accupuncture, although I haven’t tried it yet.

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