So when I found out I was pregnant I had to stop my anti depressant medication... im finding im not coping very well cause ive got a lot of crap going on at home and work... has anyone been on them while pregnant? Are there any that are safe to take? Im only 12 weeks and I just cant see me coping like this for another 6 months!!
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27-03-2014 20:59 #1
Anti depressants during pregnancy??
27-03-2014 21:17 #2
I didn't take them myself because I want diagnosed until after dd2 was born. But I have a few friends who have taken Zoloft during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. I believe there are others that are considered safe too but afaik that is the most popular. Please talk to your doctor, there's no need to suffer in like you are
27-03-2014 22:46 #3
Sorry you're going through this. What state do you live in? In NSW we have Mothersafe, which is a service you can ring to find out if meds are safe during pregnancy & bf. They're great. There are definitely ADs that are safe during pregnancy. I was on Zoloft during my pregnancy as it was safe. I hope you can find something that works for you.
28-03-2014 06:38 #4
So if I was to find one that was safe to take, would it mean the baby would have withdrawals after their born? because of the 'all of a sudden' stop for them?
28-03-2014 06:53 #5
28-03-2014 09:49 #6
It all depends upon the anti depressant you are on & how much is absorbed through the placenta. When I rang Mothersafe, they also told me that reactions to meds are often genetic, ie. if you have a bad reaction when you skip or stop meds then bub is more likely to have some sort of reaction if that makes sense? They don't call it withdrawal, just a reaction & it can just be a few days of restlessness. Like Gothel said, they will get some through breast milk if you choose to/are able to breast feed, which can lessen the reaction.
I honestly believe though, that if you need an antidepressant then you are much better off taking it, rather than suffering through the entire pregnancy. For your sake & bub's sake. I found that at each trimester I had to increase my meds a little bit in order to cope. Has your ob/GP/midwife spoken to you about post partam? It's important to get your meds sorted now so that you have the plan & support in place once bub is born. Are you under the care of a perinatal psychiatrist? Please look after yourself, there is no need to suffer with anxiety or depression during pregnancy.
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29-03-2014 11:14 #7
I was just reading the medical information sheet. The drugs mentioned above are a category C... ive been told thats a no no in pregnancy...??? My asthma prevention medication was a category C so they had to change me to something else...
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29-03-2014 11:46 #9
I think it's a question of balance, and yes the drugs mentioned above are category c, but there are risks to both you and the baby if you have a depression relapse. I'm not sure that there are any category B or A antids available. I like this article from the Mayo Clinic (link below), it gives both sides of the arguement.
Please go see your gp. You don't HAVE to take ads if you are feeling rotten, maybe you can get a referral for counselling under the Mental Health Plan (medicare funded) but you owe it to yourself and your baby to make an informed decision, whatever you decide. It sucks, it's a rotten horrible illness but there is help and support systems out there for you, so make use of it!
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29-03-2014 13:51 #10
I was on quite a heavy dose of Zoloft while preg with DS (he is 9 years old now). The theory at the time was I was better on the meds rather than risk taking me off them. There was little research at the time about the effects of anti-depressants on an unborn baby so it was decided I was to stay on them throughout the whole pregnancy.
DS was born at full term, a healthy weight and by all appearances a normal bub. Fast forward 9 years and there have been no long lasting apparent effects on DS. He is Mr Average 9 year old!
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