Any other Moms out there who are taking/have taken Zoloft during pregnancy?

Jesse - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So, maybe I am just freaking myself out a bit here but, when I first found out I was pregnant with #2, I was struggling with horrible PPD from my first (she was only 7 mos when we found out we were pregnant again) and my doc decided that Zoloft (sertraline). He had told me that while there were other options, they generally weren't prescribed during pregnancy because not enough was known about the effects during pregnancy. However, I have recently been hearing a LOT about birth defects that seem to stem from Zoloft, especially if it is taken past 20 weeks. I am currently 32 weeks and I feel like I am freaking myself out a little and I guess I am just looking for some reassurance that I made the right choice. Has anyone else taken Zoloft throughout their pregnancy and had a positive experience? Any advice would be appreciated :) Thanks, Ladies!

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Barb - posted on 02/11/2012

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I was on anti depressants last pregancy and it was the wores pregnancy my aniexty was off the charts and I wasn't sleeping. I guess things are a lot different this time around I have more support and a loving boyfriend and amazing daughter. I am not alone. I had PPD with my first just got back on all of my meds and things seemed to get better. I was told you don't have to get it with every pregnancy. I not on any anti depressants. This time around it was a suprise that I got pregnant, but it's not so scarey. I am on anti aniexty meds only a very low dose and feel amazing. I took anti depressants and now anti aniexty meds. They don't persribe them just for fun they do it cause we need. It wouldn't be able to function so well with my 2 daughter with it. It's ok to get help even with meds.

Ashley - posted on 01/20/2012

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I went on Zoloft when I was in my 3rd trimester w/ my 1st child. I believe my dr. said by then there was a less chance of having any birth defects, but still a slight chance of pre-term labor, but the baby would be able to survive at that point if she was born early. She said the amount of stress I was under was more likely to be harmful than taking Zoloft. My daughter was born perfectly healthy! She was almost 4 weeks early, but the dr. discovered there was a knot in her cord & he said she probably knew she wasn't getting her normal level of oxygen/nutrients which can cause a surge of those hormones that naturally induce labor, so it ended up being lucky she was here early - but the knot had nothing to do w/ being on Zoloft! My daughter is going to be 3 in March & she is perfectly healthy & everyone always says she is so smart for her age! My doctor had planned on weaning me off to avoid her having any withdrawals (they say usually the withdrawal just makes the baby cry more & a little more fussy). Since I had her early I never did & she was fine! I believe the biggest risk is taking it in your first trimester. Do what you feel the the most comfortable with, but don't feel guilty about taking something to make you less stressed & depressed, because both your oldest child and your newborn will be needing you at your best! Good luck :)

Emma - posted on 06/14/2011

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when i fell pregnant with my 1st son i had a lot on my plate and wasnt coping very well with the whole idea my dr pescribed zoloft which i took right up untill 6 weeks b4 delivery as it can be bad for your breast milk and i needed my sytem clear of it b4 feeding and my son was born a very healthy 10p1oz he scored high on his apgar tests at birth and now at 2 years he has no development prob he is a bright happy 2yr old u need to look after yourself b4 u can look after a baby so good on u for having the guts to say u needed help congrats on ur babies and i hope this one is easier after the delivery for u :)

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