Anti depressants and pregnancy.

Rebecca - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I was diagnosed with postnatal depression after the birth of my first child and have been on anti-depressants for the past 3 months. I have recently found out I'm pregnant and have been told to stop taking my meds. Has anyone else experienced the same thing or have taken anti-depressants during pregnancy?

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Estera - posted on 09/27/2012

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i do take lexapro im 18 weeks pregnant im very worried about my baby .....

Ashley - posted on 11/03/2013

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it will vary from doctor to doctor but Ill share my experience...I had a two yr old and I had sever postpartum depression directly after the birth. First off I didn't know what was wrong with me I just thought I was going crazy I didn't know what postpartum was I wasn't educated on it. I had it so bad I began to have intrusive thoughts and it scared me and made things worse bc I had a horrible guilt about it bc I felt like it was my fault but at the same time it scared me because I knew these thoughts and feelings weren't my own I felt like something dark had hold of me and began to have thoughts of my family being better off without me in there lives if im to have this thing, whatever it was(postpartum) that was happening to me so instead of subcoming to these feeling I got proactive and sent myself in to the hospital and stayed in a depression in treatment for five days and to make this story a lil shorter the education did wonders for healing and of course as sever as it was I was put on a low dose of celexa. But I will tell you I didn't just rely on that I became even closer with the Lord and some teaching of scripture became so clear things I didnt understand I now did. So there was a silver lining to it all but what I was really gonna say is that I was on it for a year and my Husband and I became pregnant again and my doc didnt take me off of it she thought it to b a bigger risk to do so just in case I would have the depression come back and she kept me on it the entire pregnancy my new baby is 4 months now and is healthy and happy and so am I no difficulties this time and am able to be the mommie i want to be. I shared this bc this is much more common then women realize. And when it happens there are many women who are ashamed bc they think whats happening to them is a reflection of there person and its not. but by praying and asking the Lord for strength to endure u will. and when I prayed the lord let me to check myself in to the hospital.

Kate CP - posted on 02/25/2010

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Corine, St. John's Wart is NOT just as effective as MAOIs (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors) and SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). And herbs can be just as damaging (if not more so in some cases) than "chemical stuff".

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Tanya - posted on 01/16/2013

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Do not stop them I spoke to a psychiatrist when pregnant last time & he advised me to stay on them -
Ur better on them than off them- in the last trimester u come off them

Rebecca - posted on 02/28/2010

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My doc told me to take them every 2nd day instead of daily, so it took me to coming off them in 3 weeks instead of 11 days. I'm down to my last 2 tablets and am off to see my GP again tomorrow after speaking to a pharmacist, 2 more GP's and 2 medical officers (1 which i spoke to before who has studied post-natal and anti-natal depression...she has said that its more detremental to no be medicated as the chemical imbalance can effect the babies behaviour and sleep when they are born.) I have had information both for and against Lexapro and pregnancy but have been told there are anti-depressants which are safe so hopefully my GP will help me with that or at least refer me to someone who can help. So now i'm 7weeks preggers, extremely tired and nauseous and am borderline depressive (again!!).....wish me luck!

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It would be a rare doctor who would tell you to stop anti-depressants cold turkey. He/she should be starting you on a scedule of weaning you off them, with careful monitoring.



And I assume you will need some counselling on the effects on your baby of continuing the meds and the effects on you of not continuing the meds.



Good luck with everything!

Carrie - posted on 02/25/2010

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if you are not comfortable coming off the meds talk to your doctor or another doctor at your surgery, i was really scared to come off mine because i can do some wreakless things when i'm depressed, and you should not have just stopped them, i hope the doctor weaned you off them. and i have to agree the herbal stuff does NOT work!

Veronica - posted on 02/25/2010

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you should always follow your docs recommendations on this. I was on Lexapro for my anxiety when I got pregnant and was told I'd have to go off of it while pregnant because it is a Class C pregnancy drug meaning it is not safe for the baby. I had to learn other ways to deal with my panic attacks during pregnancy. Best to talk to your doc. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 02/21/2010

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I was on Zoloft for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder when I found out I was pregnant with my son a year ago. I chose to stop taking it as soon as I found out I was pregnant, because I was too paranoid that it would cause problems with the pregnancy. Now looking back, I wish I had talked openly with my OB/GYN about staying on the Zoloft throughout the majority of my pregnancy because without my meds, my OCD was at it's worst it has ever been & I was miserable. I didn't get to enjoy the last several months of my pregnancy & I even experienced some depression for the first time during pregnancy, too. It was a hard time. I'm back on my Zoloft now that my son is here & I feel soooo much better. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when I get pregnant again in the future, but I know I don't want to go through what I did when I was prego with my son.

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Im on Aropax and have been adviced by my doctor that if i fall pregnant i must stop imediatly becuase Aropax + Pregnancy can cause some very serious birth defects!

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You could try taking St John's Wort in stead of the chemical stuff? It's said to be just as effective. Good luck. And congrats on your pregnancy!!

Ruby - posted on 02/21/2010

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Yes i went through it with bothe my first two. when i felt depressed i took my babys to my
Moms and talked to her about how i felt. she was my Rock . she had 9 of us. Now i have seven. The best thing i can tell you is asked God to help you he will. Don't forget he is
a father he knows what we go thrue and he knows your feelings.

Janice - posted on 02/21/2010

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I heard from several good sources, a psychiatrist, pediatrican and obgyn docs that taking antidepressants during pregnancy when really needed is better for you and the baby , then being a depressed pregnanat mommy. If you can handle it and feel okay, then don't take them but if you feel yourself getting to that point where it's just oo much, I wouldn't hesitate to get on them . I think the most commonly used is zoloft, but was also told cymbalta is okay as well by the proffesionals I mentioned above. Also, if you make it through your first trimeseter, you might find you feel much better in your second and third.

Allyson - posted on 02/21/2010

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I stayed on my meds all the way through my pregnancy and even breast fed for a little bit on them. My bubs never suffered any withdrawls, in fact she was probably the happiest baby out of all 3 of mine!!

Carrie - posted on 02/21/2010

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i was on citalapram, i was 5 months pregnant when the dose was decreased, i'm now on nothing and feel great. i also suffered PND and got pregnant again just 2 months after starting the meds. i was told it is ok to take them during pregnancy it's just they like you to be weaned off them before birth because the baby can suffer with withdrawal symtoms.

Rebecca - posted on 02/20/2010

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I spoke to another doctor I work with who has studied post-natal depression and she told me my GP was silly for telling me to not continue on my meds. She has advised i stay on my anti-depressants and to be referred to a psychiatrist so they can adjust my meds accordingly. So i'm off to the doc tomorrow to see what i can do!!!

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2010

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I didn't have PPD but I've been on anti-depressants most of my adult life. Can't function without them. When I became pregnant with my now 2 year old son the first OB I saw told me I had to switch to a different med. She sent me to a new dr, a high risk OB (I'm diabetic), who told me I could go back on my Lexapro at my regular dose. I was so glad to have it back, I finally quit crying all the time! My pregnancy was fine and my big boy was born just fine, 3 wks early, 8 lbs 5 oz. He's a completely normal baby.

Alison - posted on 02/20/2010

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I am bipolar so thats a little different. I was however on meds and was told to stop because they can effect the development of certain organs (like liver and lungs) in the womb

Jane - posted on 02/20/2010

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I took a low dose of Lexapro my 1st & 2nd trimesters. I talked to both my OB & family Dr about it & they both said it was safe until my last trimester. The only reason they suggested stopping it my last trimester was so the baby didn't go thru withdrawals in any way. The benefits out weighed the risks in my case. There's help out there, good luck!

Jodi - posted on 02/20/2010

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Good luck Rebecca :) I think the dilemma is that there have never been any controlled studies done on anit-depressants during pregnancy (because they really can't do these studies on pregnant women), so different doctors have different opinions on the matter. As long as you are working with your doctor on it, that's great :)

Rebecca - posted on 02/20/2010

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Thank you all for sharing your experiences. I had 11 tablets left when I spoke to my GP and I have been taking them every 2nd day instead of daily. I did a fair bit of research when hubby and I decided to start trying and found Zoloft was very commonly used during pregnancy but when i asked my GP about it she did say it was best to be off any sort of anti-depressants. I have spoken to a psychiatrist i work with and he has told me the same thing but did suggest i go back into therapy. So now I'm 5 tablets away from finishing them and am at this moment feeling positive that i can cope but atleast i know that it is possible to be taking something if i really feel i need it.

Thanks again x

Jodi - posted on 02/17/2010

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LOL @ crazy lady!!!

I had different responses about my meds from 2 different doctors. Because I was so paranoid with my third pregnancy, I ended up going with the doctor who suggested going off my meds and enlisted his assistance getting off them, LOL. I think I would have been more nuts staying on the meds to be honest!!

Jocelyn - posted on 02/17/2010

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No you do NOT have to stop them. I too am curious to find out who told you you had to stop them...

Kate CP - posted on 02/17/2010

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Heh. The crazy lady is always the one who thinks about this stuff. I've been legally nuts for 7 years now, you know. ;)

Jodi - posted on 02/17/2010

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Good point Kate. I just assumed it was her doctor who told her to stop taking them ;)

Kate CP - posted on 02/17/2010

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First, WHO told you to stop taking your meds? If your doctor told you to stop then the exact words should have been "We need to wean you off your medications" NOT "Stop taking your medication". Only a licensed therapist with prescribing abilities can tell you to stop taking your medication. Talk with your OB, talk to your therapist and figure out what's right for you. But DON'T just stop taking your pills all together. You will have a serious episode.

Jodi - posted on 02/17/2010

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I was on Zoloft when I fell pregnant years ago. I ended up having 2 miscarriages. After the second miscarriage, the minute I found out I was pregnant a third time, I stopped taking my meds and had a healthy baby girl.

Andrea - posted on 02/17/2010

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i was diagnosed with depression after my second son. i am on zoloft and my doctor lowered my dose when i became pregnant with my 3rd son. and he turned out just fine. there can be side effects but those are things you and your doctor need to talk about. i hope you have a great pregnancy now matter you choose.

Jules - posted on 02/17/2010

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If you feel you need them then take them but try to take/ween yourself off them about 2 weeks before giving birth. I've seen babies after they have been born from anti depressants n some come out floppy or slow in their development. They can also become addicted to it n if you don't breast feed may end up with wthdrwal like symptems, But if you stop taking them 2 weeks before giving birth they are fine cause it's no longer in their system. But you must ease yourself off them bit by bit. It is intirly up to you though. Some babies turn out fine with nothing wrong. Hope this helps :)

Cat - posted on 02/17/2010

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you dont have to stop taking them in fact with your hormones you should be on them,I was on zoloft NS wellebutrin when i was pregnant with my daughter and she was fine
. no problems and she was healthy.I suffer from depression and the last thin you want to do especially whle being pregnant with crazy hormones is not to be medicated. dr's will warch you closely just as a percaution good luck

Regan - posted on 02/17/2010

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my dr prescribed me a generic form of zoloft when i was pregnant but then when i asked the pharmacist about it he said he wouldn't let his wife take it if she were pregnant. it scared me but it is very true that if the depression is severe that can have worse effects than the medicine. i eventually was able to overcome the depression in other ways (i.e. exercise, working on my marriage, rest). Good luck!

Iridescent - posted on 02/17/2010

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I was on Zoloft (sertraline) during my last pregnancy. Sometimes the risk is worth it, depending on how severe a depression it is. Some antidepressants are safe during pregnancy, some are very much not. If you were advised by your doctor to stop taking it, then stop.

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