Just been for a MW appt (24weeks with DC2) cried all over her I have a history of depression, though my last episode was 6years ago. She's concerned about ante-natal depression; I think she's right and I am slipping down again .
She's suggested getting a prescription for citalopram which is "safe in pregnancy". She didn't mention any downsides though - surely there are some? I don't want to start taking ADs without having weighed the pluses and minuses. Anyone knowledgeable about downsides?
I fully intend to weigh this all up properly; I'm not going to say any downside isn't worth the risk (I remember how bad I was last time) I just need to be fully informed.
I had antenatal depression during my first pregnancy. It is horrible,
Citalopram is generally thought to be safe during pregnancy. There are associated risks but they are rare. More info here. Some of the associated risks on that link (like anencearen't relevant to you now as you're nearly onto the third trimester.
I have just discovered I am pregnant (very shocked) and am already on Citalopram. I was worried about this too. I've been on it for about 3-4 months and at the time, a baby was the last thing on my mind. What I worried about most was the de-personalisation aspect of these pills.
However, I feel just more balanced and I'm still laughing. I read into the effect on babies and think you just need to make sure your doctor monitors it.
Just do what you feel you have to do to get through, I guess and don't worry about crying. It's a release.
Thanks all (particularly SSP, the flowers made me cry...again!) - I hadn't really thought about the effects of me being depressed on the baby. Hmm, lots to think about. I think it definitely it worth going to see the GP. I "just" need to get an appointment - tried this morning and he had nothing till 28 December, there are apparently some being released tomorrow morning for Monday so I'll going to hang on the phone at 8am.