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Anyone had a baby whilst on Sertraline?

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I'm currently on 50mg/day of Sertraline and have been for the last 8 months or so; and just had a positive pregnancy test at the weekend. During my previous pregnancies I had severe and extreme pre-natal anxiety, insomnia and OCD. I'm currently on the Sertraline for anxiety and insomnia and I really don't want to have to stop if I can avoid it as I am terrified of how unstable I was during my last pregnancies. Does anyone experience of taking Sertraline in pregnancy?

Ooopsie Fri 12-Apr-13 21:32:17

I've been on 100mg Sertraline since suffering with PND in 2003, had previously suffered with depression but never prescribed meds. I've tried with my doctors advise to reduce my dose before but symptoms of depression and anxiety returned so I was returned to 100mg.
I'm now pregnant again and the GP has recommended I come off them altogether but first to reduce to 75mg for three days then to 50mg. 75mg was fine, but at 50mg I felt the mood swings and depression rear its ugly head so I upped myself back to 75mg last week and returned to see my GP today. He was very unhappy and told me to go back to 50mg immediately, and if I disagreed to speak to the consultant at hospital when I see him at 20 weeks.
In addition to being signed off work due to severe 24/7 nausea last 4 weeks which has me feeling utterly fed up, I now feel worse than ever with the attitude of my GP.
Not sure how to get a second opinion?

loulouking Wed 24-Jul-13 23:13:26

Hi, I am new to this and have been reading all of your posts with great relief, we have decided to try for a baby, I have been on sertraline 50/mg for 3 years now after suffering miserably for 3 years prior, I really do not want to return to that anxious wreck and you have reassured me. Thank u

tabbycat15 Thu 25-Jul-13 04:02:17

I took 100mg of sertraline & Olanzapine whilst I was pg. DD is fine. I cut down to 50 mg the last few weeks. I was under the cars of a psychiatrist for my meds.
As you get more of the larger blood volume 'dilutes' the effect so you may need to increase the dose to get the same effect.

crazymummy33 Thu 05-Sep-13 20:18:22

Hi I've just joined mumsnet because of this discussion - I'm hoping there are still people active on it who may be able to help me / reassure me. I'm 35 weeks pregnant and starting to struggle badly with anxiety. I've struggled with anxiety for years and have been on and off paroxetine for ages. I stopped taking it when I found out I was pregnant (this is baby number 2). But I struggled straight after my first baby was born with extreme anxiety and I think this is what has triggered my onset of anxiety now.

My doctor has suggested sertraline but I'm so worried about the possible effect on the baby as I would never forgive myself if they suffered withdrawal symptoms. Has anyone experienced their baby having withdrawal symptoms from this? What was it like / what happened? How long do they keep you and baby in hospital for to monitor them?

I'm so torn between taking the medication to stop the impact my stress and anxiety will have on the baby (and to try to keep myself sane up to the birth and after it) and with not taking it because I don't want to put the baby at any risk.

My other question is - how long did people find it took to work? I've heard it can take 3 weeks - which is making me think that I should start it now as I really don't want to have a severe attack in labour or just after having the baby.

I just want to be a normal happy mum with a healthy happy baby - grateful for any advice x

ciaracurran Fri 06-Sep-13 11:01:20

I just trying to find out has any 1 taking seretral 150ml the whole way true being perg i am taking seretral wit the last 4 to 5 weeks and i only discovers 2 days ago in 6 weeks perg is any1 being in the same boat and for everything to be ok plz let me know thank u

I stumbled across this thread whilst doing a google for sertraline in pregnancy. I'd forgotten I had posted this. Baby in question at the start of this thread has just started school, she was born on 31st August so is the very youngest in the whole school. I took 150mg from about 20 weeks and throughout breast feeding. In fact I was and still am taking it and am now 17 weeks pregnant with baby number 4. This time I have been referred to the 'sunshine' team - a specialist midwife team for women with mental health issues. I could have really done with this during my previous pregnancies but hey ho. This time I will have help in the form of an advocate to help make sure I don't get pissed around during labour. One thing that is different is that they are now saying that I will have to stay in for at least 48 hours to monitor the baby for withdrawal. I still have guilt that somehow my last baby was affected by me taking sertraline as she is quite a grumpy young thing but the consensus here seems to be that the baby isn't affected. Who knows? I need to take it or I wouldn't be able to patent my other 3. I guess there's always something it feel guilty about.

eskimo82 Mon 07-Oct-13 17:45:31

Hi, I stumbled across this thread while trying to research Sertraline as my specialist midwife is insisting that I start taking it. I've just picked it up from the pharmacy but the leaflet seems to contradict everything my midwife is saying. I'm so scared about taking it and my husband isn't keen for me to start taking meds, but on the other hand I haven't slept properly for months, am crying all the time and not coping at work so have been signed off for two weeks. I can't go on like this but am so worried about my baby (I'm 27 weeks). I couldn't breastfeed my first daughter and am desperate to bf successfully this time around and worried about the implication of this too. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

working9while5 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:29:02

Here's my understanding.

If you have moderate to severe symptoms and are non-functioning, suicidal, psychotic, have had severe depression with these sorts of symptoms in the past or are losing weight, go on the meds.

Otherwise, go on the meds if you want but psychotherapy likely to be just as effective.

I was diagnosed with moderate-severe depression with OCD in my second pregnancy. I didn't take the drugs. I had weekly private psychotherapy but in retrospect, I ended it too early at 34 weeks... should have kept going. I also did a hypnobirthing course which helped with birth anxieties. I stupidly did a very high stress interview a few weeks before the birth after the therapy ended and this really made my symptoms much more intense.

I am pregnant with number 3. I have come off meds but I had a year of CBT and also did two mindfulness courses.

You can do it without meds if you want but you have to commit to other treatment. Untreated depression not a good idea... but no, no one should force your decision on meds unless your life or baby's life/health is at risk.

working9while5 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:32:42

Incidentally go off work if you are struggling and can afford it and do nice stress free things... craft classes or meeting friends or doing nice thing with your older one... ease the pressure... simplify your life. It is a few short months and your health is worth it.

Also contact milk matters to look at doing antenatal plan for bfing. This was big trigger for me... worth having plan in place...

mrsreds Thu 05-Dec-13 12:13:16

Hello you amazing people!! I am new to this, first time, so bare with me! Have just read through these messages and am amazed at how many people have the same fears/concerns. I need some advise if that's ok?
Ok, so me! 33yrs old, Have been on Sertraline 100mg for about 3 months, previously on 50mg for 1 month. Have a 7yr old and now wanting to try for another. Hubby is on Mitrazapine 45mg, Propranolol 40mg and Diazepan 4mg 2 times a day for PTSD, Anxiety and depression. (no hes not crazy lol, had a bad industrial accident and lots of death in the family all in a short space of time) So we have decided the time is right to try for a baby. Our sex life to be honest has been non existent for the last year as we put it down to his medication. Other than that we are fine and get on really well. Soooo sorry ill stop going on . . . So how is the medication going to take effect? if any? I would be grateful for anyone's comments?
Thanks J x

Claireespo Tue 17-Dec-13 21:47:53

Hi this is all very interesting to read. I was on citalopram for 5 years after the birth of my 2nd child and recently tried to reduce the dose with the help of my GP in prep for stopping to have another baby, unfortunately i got very low and so he suggested sertraline, I have been on it for 8 weeks and discovered only yesterday I am 4 weeks pregnant!! I was at the GP today (not my usual one) and she recommened I try to cut my dose of 50mg in half! I am a bit concerned about doing this but at the same time wanted to do what is best for my baby but hearing all the messages on here has made me feel more easy about staying as I am! She talked alot about congenital heart defects and withdrawl symptoms for the baby when it is born and I was very worried!

NewName123 Wed 18-Dec-13 15:49:53

I did my own research and found that sertraline was the best AD to take while BF.

Softkittybitingmyfoot Wed 18-Dec-13 16:02:23

I took sertraline 50 mg then 100 mg while pregnant- it caused severe iugr in dd - she was just over 4lbs at full term. There are some questions over her development but she's only a few months old so we have to wait to see how she is affected
I beat myself up about it but I made the right decision at the time I think- you have to weigh up the risks and we got unlucky

jayjay02 Tue 25-Feb-14 22:52:48

hi all. I have been on 100mg Sertraline for 2 years now for severe Panic Dissorder and OCD. Things got so bad 2 years ago i got psychosis and ended up being temporarily sectioned. I started on Sertraline then and it totaly changed my life for the better, im a totaly different person - happy, calm, positive, able etc..........
But 2 weeks ago I found out i was pregnant!!
My (quite new!) partner doesnt really believe in mental health problems and doesnt agree with me taking meds whilst pregnant. I thought id be ok so i just totaly stopped taking the meds. 5 days later i have totaly crashed - all the panic attacks, intruisive thoughts, cant breath, confused, crying etc back with a vengance!
We ended up with the psychiatric doctor today who tried to explain that im doing more harm to baby being off the Sertraline than I would do on them. My partner doesnt believe this and i am stuck in a very anxious confused place trying to decide who is right.
so thank you every one for your positive posts. it has helped alot. To be honest in my panicked state i had decided a termination would be the only option for me (although id hate myself forever) but now you guys have given me hope - as the thought of taking the sertraline whilst pregnant makes me feel like i can do it. thanx for your helps xx

LilMissNana Fri 27-Mar-15 12:25:14

Hi all

I'm picking this thread up again as I'm really freaking about about taking 50mg Setraline during my first trimester and hoping someone can offer some advice.

I was taking Fluoxetine when I got pregnant last year (I stopped taking it at week 10) and when we went for the 20 week scan they found that our baby had a serious heart defect and we decided to terminate the pregnancy as there was so much wrong that there was very little chance of him making it.

I went back on Sertraline at the end of last year to help me cope with the grief, and help with the day to day stuff and keeps the negative thoughts at bay, but now I've just found out I'm pregnant (6 weeks + 1) and am panicking that I might have caused harm to my baby's development. I tried coming off the meds last week but the effects of withdrawal on top of the anxiety about my baby's health (I was so traumatised after losing the baby last year).

Now I feel like I'm between a rock and hard place. Has anyone else had experience of taking Sertraline during their pregnancies? What was the outcome? My GP says to come off them but the Dr at the hospital said they were safe to take during pregnancy. I'm so confused I'm not sure what I shoud do!

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