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    Hi all!
    i just had a thought that this may not be ok? Freaking out a bit. I'm 5.5w and have been on 50mg for a year to help with some mild - moderate anxiety.
    I googled it (bad move)...
    my concern is that I'm at uni full time, work part time and life is crazy until uni finishes in October- prob the time I most need it!. I really want to just stop, but keen to hear others stories.

    if I stop now, is it early enough to avoid possible side effects?
    It's got me wondering if the zoloft may have caused fertility issues and mc too...
    thanks -appreciate input x

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    I took Zoloft during my pregnancy and was reassured by my ob and psych that it was safe to take. I ended up on 200mg a day which they were happy with. I think a happy healthy pregnancy makes taking it worth it

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    I wasn't on Zoloft when I fell pregnant, I was on Aropax. There are some antidepressants / anxiety meds that are alright for pregnancy, but I happened to be on one of the few that definitely isn't. A little warning sign came up on the computer and everything. My GP took me off them the moment my test came back positive. I don't know about the effects of Zoloft on pregnancy, though (I think it might be one of the safer ones).

    I wasn't sure how I'd cope with everything - I'd been on meds for around 10 years - particularly with the raging hormones but to me it wasn't worth the risk. In any event, I think that the pregnancy hormones actually did the work of my medication! I didn't feel the usual withdrawal symptoms, I didn't have any relapse (which I've had a couple of times while off the meds). In fact, I didn't get any symptoms until DS was about 10 days old. I think that by then the hormones had well and truly gone and I needed the antidepressants to get back to normal.

    Of course, that's my personal experience. If I had relapsed or been unable to cope while on the medication, my GP said that there were safer alternatives that we could try. I was just lucky enough not to need them. Perhaps you will be too?
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    It's tough. I was also medicated for mild anxiety and moderate depression. I chose to slowly wean off with the support of my GP, and committed counselling sessions. I also disclosed this to the hospital I am giving birth in and they helped me plan an extended stay after birth to help adjust to being a mother in a supported fashion. They set up sessions with a psychiatrist as well.
    All of this has been so successful that I am officially 'cured' of long term mental health issues. This is something I hadn't expected at all as like you, I figured I had enough on my plate to mean that I was really going to be in a place of dealing with symptoms when they came up, rather than being able to spot them and action healthy behaviours well before anything became problematic.

    This isn't about me though, but I guess I feel that I'm able to offer some hope to you. Firstly, being medicated isn't ideal, however it's better than being ill when baby comes and there is no shame in making the decision to put your mental health first.
    . Secondly, obtain advice from your GP or OB. Thirdly, ask yourself what you want to happen, or maybe what you think is feasible and be prepared to put in work if this involves weaning off meds. It can be done, but do it right, and aim for a goal that suits you and your partner.
    I really wish you all the best with this journey

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    I was on 50mg of Zoloft at the beginning of my pregnancy and made the mistake of weaning off them because I was afraid of the possible side effects. I was almost admitted into hospital because I turned suicidal. It was the most horrible experience ever.
    I went back on it and increased my dose to 100mg.
    Healthy mum = healthy baby. If weaning off them is goin to cause any damage to your emotional health then I would stay on them. My GP's, psychologist and obstetrician are absolutely fine with me taking it. I think it's worse if you're feeling depressed/anxious.

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    I took 100mg of Zoloft daily during my preg with DS (he is 8 years old now) and no dramas here during preg, delivery or after. If you need the Zoloft its probably better to stay on it

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    Zoloft is definitely one of the safer meds for pregnancy, and has the advantage of being the best for breastfeeding.

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    I am on Lexapro (same group of drugs as Zoloft) and was for part of my last pregnancy as well. I am looking to move to Zoloft as I am having some minor side effects but waiting for my ob appointment to make sure its ok to change, the gp said there is no issue taking it while pregnant though she just wasn't sure about changing meds pregnancy.

    Anyway my last pregnancy everyone was supportive of me taking the drug - gp, obstetrician, midwives, paediatrician, psychologist and its widely accepted that SSRIs are the safest during pregnancy

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