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Anti depressants in pregnancy

(10 Posts)
Hopelass Mon 08-Aug-16 16:20:34

I know this has been done to death but I'd like some help/advice. I'm 29+3 with DS2 and really struggling. I came off fluoxetine when we were ttc all under guidance of GP so weaned off slowly. Things have been ok, just about manageable but I'm increasingly struggling. Midwife is aware of past history and has been brilliant and supportive. I really wanted to make it to the end of the pregnancy without taking medication but I don't think I can.
My SIL had antenatal depression and started taking fluoxetine at 14 weeks. Her DS has learning delay and I can't help but think this is what caused it I also suffer pretty horrendous anxiety
Would going to the GP and discussing Sertraline be a sensible thing to do? I'm crying almost every day and finding I'm very difficult to parent my 2.9yo DS and it's making me feel so guilty but then I'd feel guilty about the baby if I start taking medication now. Please help?

workshyfop Mon 08-Aug-16 16:26:01

I'd go and discuss it with your GP or a community psychiatric nurse if you can get your midwife to refer you. For what it's worth I took Sertraline through both my pregnancies and have no regrets.

Hopelass Mon 08-Aug-16 16:59:17

Thanks workshy I'll be contacting my midwife in the morning

ALICEinwonders Mon 08-Aug-16 20:57:21

Obviously if you feel you need medication then get to gp asap however have you been reffered to a mental health midwife? If not could you ask your normal midwife about being reffered?
I found at around 25 weeks I really started to struggle, with anxiety especially (history of depression but never taken medication) I was seriously considering asking gp for ad but my midwife reffered me to midwifery led mental health team, I now have regular appointments regarding baby (anxiety was mostly around baby although depression was around other things and probably hormones) and mh miwife has helped me focus without the help from ad.
Just a thought but like I said, please see medical professional either midwife or gp regarding antidepressents if you feel that's what you need, there's nothing worse than battling with your own thoughts, especially when you add hormones.

CarrotVan Tue 09-Aug-16 12:37:26

I'm on sertraline and it's fine in pregnancy. Please see your GP and MW as soon as possible. They can get you sorted and refer you to a specialist, plus pregnancy bumps you up the list for talking therapies in many areas

LilacSpunkMonkey Tue 09-Aug-16 12:38:54

I took Citalopram throughout my third pregnancy. No issues whatsoever.

DS2 is now 8. No medical problems, over achieving at school.

Hopelass Tue 09-Aug-16 13:42:31

Thanks all, it all sounds very reassuring. I'm having a better day today but have made appointments with my midwife and GP flowers

Kione Wed 28-Sep-16 09:46:31

I hope you don't mind if I bump
This thread as I am feeling exactly the same. Been referred to MH MW but haven't heard back.
GP gave me the AD option but I am
worried about taking them, so would like to hear how did you get on.
And the ones that took the through pregnancy, did you continue while breastfeeding?

Gingernut81 Wed 28-Sep-16 09:54:32

I took citalopram throughout my pregnancy (between 10-20mg) and have been on it ever since, even whilst breast feeding. I was worried about the side effects on DD but DH and I came to the conclusion that the risks to myself outweighed those to her. My GP looked into breastfeeding and said the amount that gets through breast milk to baby would be negligible so to carry on taking. DD has just gone one and is perfectly fine.

Kione Wed 28-Sep-16 10:02:07

Thanks for your reply, it is reassuring.
My only doubt is because I have some good days and I am not worried about me, I am terrified of post-natal depression and rejecting baby once is born.
I have a DD and I was the opposite I was sure I'd love her no matter how bad sleepless nights would be. And they were bad, and now I just don't want to go through that again.
Do you think AD's will help in that sense?
When am at GP I can hardly elaborate like this as I get so worked up.

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