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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?

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

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

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.

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!

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

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...

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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

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?

AF77 Fri 22-Mar-13 15:18:28

Hi, I am 13wks pregnant today and have been taking 50mg of Sertraline for the last 7yrs for anxiety and panic attacks. I started to reduce my dose to 3x weekly a couple of months ago but when I found out I was pregnant 8wks ago, my anxiety went sky high.

I went back to my GP who recommended going straight back on the 50mg daily and (touch wood), things have been pretty 'normal' since. My notes say to monitor breathing and jitteryness of the baby at birth.

To be honest, the GP was of the opinion (and I agree) that my mental health needed to be stabilised so I am more than happy to stay on the meds for as long as necessary.

Don't worry about possible side effects or harm to the baby (easier said than done I know). I honestly believe the doctors know best and wouldn't advise me to stay on it if it was going to be harmful.

xx

Lozzypops84 Thu 28-Feb-13 10:00:17

Hi everyone,
I am currently 19 weeks in to my first pregnancy and having previously taking Sertraline for the past 2 years I was advised by one of our doctors when I first tested positive to stop taking it all together as I was on such a low dose of 50mg pd. I have battled on with out it as best I could but in the last month or so have found my anxiety and general low mood has become too much and I am struggling day to day. I was advised by my midwife and another doctor yesterday to start taking it again just at the 50mg.
But after taking my first tablet last night I woke at 4am this morning riddled with guilt at any potential effects it may have on my baby so I am very relieved to come across this thread which has given me much needed reassurance. Thanks x

WithanAnotE Thu 10-Jan-13 21:07:39

Yes, 100mg and then BF with no problems - now a fine 3 year old.

Bozz16 Tue 08-Jan-13 13:17:21

Hi I was put on sertraline over a year ago for depression after citalopram wasn't enough. I am now 15 weeks pregnant and have only just been told today what possible risks it could pose to baby. Scared the shit out of me! So had been hoping for midwife led care as my daughter was delivered with no complications. I have now been told even though I will probably be fine in the delivery aspect of things I have to be consultant led for baby. Feeling gutted but I'd do anything so long as baby is healthy!

ambersun Wed 24-Oct-12 13:20:31

Hi feeno, I am new to mumsnet, and have joined because of this very thread! I have found the stories above really reassuring, which is what I was looking for after being prescribed Sertraline this morning. I hope they have made you feel a bit more reassured too?

I suffered with PND following a traumatic birth, difficulty feeding and re-admission to hospital 22 months ago. I suffered in silence mostly out of fear and my symptoms have been heightened since becoming pregnant with baby #2 (I'll be 16 weeks on Friday).

I find it difficult to get dressed in the morning let alone with coping with the rest of the day, and I have recently found I don't have the energy to cope with dd's terrible twos. I felt really guilty taking my first tablet knowing the risks, but have felt so much better since reading this thread so a great big thank you to those above who have shared your experiences over the years thanks

feeno Thu 23-Aug-12 10:59:00

Hi. Im 33 weeks pregnant and consultant psych has strongly advised I start up on 50mg sertraline for terrible anxiety and depression. Ive read so much about the increased risks of breathing issues if started in third trimester. I also won't be allowed to give birth in the unit of my choice if I take the medication as its midwifery led only.

I know it'll take a few weeks for med to take affect anyway and I always suffer terrible side affects when starting AD's. I just feel like I am in a no win situation. I'm so scared of ending up with PND again but just as scared of ending up with a child with lung issues and/or withdrawal symptoms. I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place.

cupcake78 Mon 13-Aug-12 10:32:36

Been to see my dr today about getting preg and ADs. Very positive outcome don't panic. It is possible, little effect but as with everything preg related there are risks.

Remember getting out of bed each day is a risk as well gringringrin

Raemammywanabe Sun 12-Aug-12 13:31:09

Hi I'm new to MN and am relieved somewhat to discover that life can continue whilst on sertraline. I was under the impression that pregnancy was a big no no whilst on meds and after a very difficult and unexpected start to married life (married on april 14th this year, then 6 wks later my husbands ex died suddenly leaving a 4yr old behind whom we are now full time parents to) I'm really not comfortable with the idea of coming off meds which I've taken for 3 yrs. Obviously things have changed a lot and our plans for starting our own family have been put on hold until the little one is settled more with all the changes but I really don't want my dream of having a baby to be forgotten. It gives me hope that even if Im not ready to come off meds I can still try for a baby and protect myself and my new family from the hurt and upset my anxiety and depression can cause.

loula24 Fri 01-Jun-12 15:19:19

Thank you for your replies. Yes, I'm just finding it difficult as I feel so anxious right now. I am on day 17 of taking it (only had 100mg for the last two days) and I have heard when you up the dose it can increase anxiety for a little while?

Did you find that it worked to totally reduce anxiety in the long-run? I also seem to have the side-effect of insomnia which is not very nice - did you have this at all too? Thank you.

madmomma Fri 01-Jun-12 12:09:23

yes I took 100mg per day and baby is very healthy. Do whatever you need to be well.

Hi loula- I was prescribed 50mg of sertraline in the third trimester of pregnancy after suffering quite severe pre-natal and post-natal depression in my previous pregnancy. I continued to take it through the next 2 1/2 years whilst breastfeeding with no real side-effects other than weight gain for me.

My DD is now a healthy, bright 11 year old and the whole family was protected from the nightmare of severe PND and psychosis. It was well worth it, please hang in there I know it's difficult when you need relief from anxiety immediately.

Regarding time to kick in, the standard reply from doctors is 6 weeks to be at a level where it will begin to have a reasonable effect, but in my experience there is usually some benefit from 3 weeks. You should hopefully start to notice a difference soon and the timing of full benefit should be around your baby's birth.

Good luck with everything,smile

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