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SSRIs in pregnancy

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libm127 Mon 07-Nov-16 11:47:25

I have had a very hard time over the last few years (job, parental illness, abnormal smear tests, trying to buy a house, etc, etc). I've always struggled with anxiety but I became very anxious and low and ended up on an SSRI antidepressant, which was WONDERFUL. I felt so much better that I went and got accidentally knocked up, haha! So, of course, I then felt obliged to taper my meds. I cut my tablets in half from weeks 4-6 and then I stopped taking them.

I'm now 9+3. My anxiety is DEFINITELY creeping back. I have started to get very silly about my partner, and I worry about him constantly. I have also overthought and worried about every pregnancy symptom. And I'm exceptionally teary. I suspect that feeling anxious and teary is part of pregnancy, but there is a fear in the back of my mind that I am slipping back into my old anxious ways. But I know that SSRIs are controversial in pregnancy. They are category C and not 100% safe. My doc said when I came off them that I could always go back if I needed to.

Anybody else feeling anxious and teary? Is it just pregnancy and I shouldn't worry? Anybody taking SSRIs in pregnancy?


MidnightBreeze Mon 07-Nov-16 18:23:43

I am on them.
Started in Nov last year, on a relatively low dose.
I found out I was pregnant in August and was told by a doctor to just stop taking them! I wasn't too keen on this as I knew cutting them out completely was a no go so I started to cut down, however when I told my midwife his, she was pretty angry with the doctor who told me this as said the risk to the baby would be higher with me being off then my than actually being on them!

arbrighton Mon 07-Nov-16 18:38:37

I've been on sertraline for over 2 years now, and the dose reduced earlier this year but I wasn't quite ready to come off them. I did discuss plan to try for baby with GP and he said that ideally I'd come off the meds first but overall there is more benefit to staying on them if needed than risk to baby.

Hopefully he'll confirm this/ help me reduce and taper if that's what we agree since I've just found out the plan is now action!

sj257 Mon 07-Nov-16 23:52:45

Not on them at the moment however my consultant has advised that I may want to start taking them before the birth as I'm particularly worried about getting PND again and also suffer from anxiety.

LHReturns Tue 08-Nov-16 07:37:43

My GP, consultant, and big nob harley street psychiatrist are all delighted for me to stay on my SSRI throughout my current pregnancy. They are much more concerned about the risks to me and baby of stopping at such an already wobbly time.

I started these when I had PND after my first son so want to do everything to avoid a repeat. I won't be stopping.

Good luck OP!

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