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Has anyone taken antidepressants throughout their pregnancy?

(20 Posts)
charlottexox Wed 06-Apr-16 14:11:20

I have been on 30mg of ''Mirtazapine'' for over a year now due to severe depression. I am currently 19 weeks (20 on Friday) and my GP recommended that I do continue my medication as he said that it would be for the best.
He did as my medication is such a new drug, there hasn't been many trials done on it so they aren't too sure if it's 100% safe or not.
He did state that because my baby will have withdrawal from my medication he/she may have to spend some time in hospital to be monitored.
Of course, I worry about my baby's health, but I am so scared of relapsing if I stop taking them.
Any positive pregnancy/birth stories of mama's who have taken antidepressants during their pregnancy?

kamillaw Wed 06-Apr-16 14:35:13

I'm about to give birth to my third. I've had ssri's all throughout each pregnancy babies born healthy and well. This last pregnancy I've had a lot of psych input. You should see if you can have the same as they will get detailed info for you. X

Belager Wed 06-Apr-16 17:30:40

I was prescribed sertraline at 17 weeks and I'm so glad I'm not the only one. Feel like I'm letting down my DP and baby.

Belager Wed 06-Apr-16 17:31:04

I'm 21+2

weegiemum Wed 06-Apr-16 17:41:16

I took sertraline from when my dd1 was born, through breastfeeding her for a year, pg with ds then feeding him 15 months then pg with dd2 and feeding her for 2 years (in fact I'm still on it and dd1 is 16, ds 14 and dd2 12!)

They're all perfectly fine!

Paperblank Wed 06-Apr-16 17:45:44

I took Citalopram throughout pregnancy - I've been on it for ages (10mg). My GP was happy for me to stay on it, but then I am on a fairly low dose.

herstoryyes Wed 06-Apr-16 17:50:39

Lots of my friends did this and all worked out fine. They have to warn you about side-effects because that's standard. You could ask to be referred to the perinatal psychiatry team, they'll be able to help/reassure you because they are the specialists in this area in terms of managing your symptoms and keeping baby ok. Best wishes.

sparkle789 Wed 06-Apr-16 17:59:56

I was on 100mg of quetiapine through my second pregnancy. They weaned me down in the last few weeks and then back up after.
The doctors advised me to continue my medication.
I was warned dd may suffer withdrawal affects and although we stayed in 3 days for obs everything was fine.

sparkle789 Wed 06-Apr-16 18:00:46

I was under the perinatal mental health team it was the who decreases and increased meds.

jellyjiggles Wed 06-Apr-16 18:05:14

Took Sertraline and she is beyond ok!

Duckstar Wed 06-Apr-16 18:08:32

I took mitrazipine from 28 - 36 weeks pregnant for anxiety and citalopram till 6 weeks post-birth. I was under a perinatal psychiatrist. His view was the risks of untreated anxiety were far more damaging and that the studies done (and they are limited because they can only study women who are actually on the tablets - can't do drug trials on pregnant women) was that there was no risk to baby. I did come off mitrazipine before I had baby (under medical supervision), as my anxiety had massively reduced, and the psychiatrist did not recommend breastfeeding on mitrazipine as it could make baby drowsy. DC3 is 9 weeks old completely healthy.

charlottexox Wed 06-Apr-16 19:55:49

Hi ladies,
loved reading your replies and its made me feel so much more confident.
I am currently seeing a parental psychiatrist which is a great help and weighed up the risks for me.
I do think I'm doing the right thing continuing my medication, so reading all the responses has made me feel tons better smile

StinkyMcgrinky Wed 06-Apr-16 20:18:15

I've been taking 50mg setraline since my DS was 5 weeks old (PND), I'm now 25 weeks with DS2 and just last week was upped to 100mg daily to deal with increased anxiety.

GP, midwife and consultant are all very supportive of me taking medication and believe a happy and healthy Mum is far better for baby than what would happen if I stopped taking them. Baby is 100% healthy and everything is looking good smile

Moonandstarsandback Thu 07-Apr-16 08:54:37

Aww Hun, it's all such a worry isn't it? But I agree you have to weigh up the risks and I think you know you need to keep taking meds. I was on fluoxetine throughout my pregnancy, changing to sertraline for 3rd trimester and after birth for breastfeeding. My little boy is 5.5 now and he was fine at birth. No side effects or withdrawal. You need to be well for your baby smile have they discussed putting you on a more known 'safe' a/d? Or have others not worked for you?

Looiloo79 Thu 07-Apr-16 09:38:13

I'm pleased for all the positive replies. I'm nearly 6 weeks and was worried the doctor is going to make me come of 20mg citalopram. Don't think I could cope without it.

Seeing your posts reassured me that they are OK to continue and no side effects for baby.

MeDownSouth Thu 07-Apr-16 18:49:22

Hi Looiloo,

I'm on Citalopram too. I was on 30mg daily but I've been dropped to 10mg every other day. I was feeling better before we found out about baby but the doctor said they'd prefer to have healthy and happy mum as on this drug it appears to be a lower risk to baby (here's where I jinx us smile). I've also been referred to a mental health midwife who I got a lovely letter from so looking forward to meeting her.

Good luck!

jellybelly85 Thu 07-Apr-16 20:21:15

charlottexox I'm 30 weeks and have been on lofepramine throughout. Also had great support through seeing perinatal mental health psychiatrist every 6 weeks - just to check in and see how I'm progressing.

It's often difficult to rationalise weighing up risks (risk of unstable mental health vs slight increased risk of x in baby). I've come round to the view that looking after your health (both mental and physical) is the best thing you can do for your baby. Hope you continue to feel well smile

user1460124741 Fri 08-Apr-16 15:20:03

Ive just found out today that I'm about 4 weeks pregnant ive had pre pregnancy appointments with a perinatal psychiatrist and we have decided that I need to stay on a small dose of Asenapine. It's a very new drug so there are no studies on it and ive been told it may place me at a higher risk of gestational diabetes but he assures me I will be monitored for that. I tried to come off my medication to conceive but had a bipolar relapse in the process so think ive accepted that healthy mum= healthy baby and so for me medication is essential. So excited but nervous to be in the army stages my period would have been due around now and I keep imagining period pains x

Flowzer Fri 08-Apr-16 19:44:44

I was on sertraline for the whole of my first pregnancy and breastfeeding, and am still on it 12 weeks into my second pregnancy. My son had a very mild and occasional tremor for a few days after birth (withdrawal), but is a completely healthy 4 year old.

You're not letting anyone down, you're being as well as you can be for your baby.

sandy30 Fri 08-Apr-16 22:41:54

I was on citalopram throughout my pregnancy and baby fine. GP was more concerned about me breastfeeding on it, but obstetrician fine with breastfeeding. If you want to breastfeed, your psych team could have a look at LactMed. Have a wonderful pregnancy!

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