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Old 06-22-2007, 01:03 AM   #1
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SSRI and Pregnancy


I'm planning on starting a family soon and I've been on Lexapro for about 2 years now. Can anyone tell me their experience with pregnancy and depression and if you stayed on the meds. Would really appreciate any advise. Dr did tell me Prozac might be safer but would like to hear from someone here.


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Old 06-22-2007, 04:12 AM   #2
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Re: SSRI and Pregnancy


I am actively trying to conceive and am on Zoloft. My doctor and specialist (who deals with fertility issues) told me Zoloft is the safest to take if ttc.

At the moment, I am intending to stay on Zoloft at least until I find out I am pregnant (if I get pregnant). I think I would find managing depression easier if I were pregnant, since I am infertile and my depression has been aggravated by the grief of infertility. I would hope to be able to be without Zoloft in the last two trimesters, if possible, and just continue going along to therapy in that time. Who knows though... we'll see if/when we get there.

I would say to chat more with your doctor, or to get a second opinion from a medical professional who specialises in fertility and pregnancy issues, if you feel you need it.

All the best, and hope your ttc journey is short and sweet!

Old 06-22-2007, 05:08 AM   #3
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Re: SSRI and Pregnancy

I stayed on zoloft my entire pregnancy with my 9 yr old..the reason i did was because when i had my child years before her i suffered post-partum doc and i decided to try to avoid that by staying on zoloft .

Old 06-22-2007, 08:11 AM   #4
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Re: SSRI and Pregnancy

Hi there! I was on effexor and wellbutrin as well as zoloft when I got pregnant with my first child in 2004. I went off everything (with the doctor's guidance) and was medication free until after the birth, but then post partum depression hit me very hard and I was put back on zoloft, which was safe for my baby since I was breastfeeding. I stayed on the zoloft throughout my entire second pregnancy because my doctor was concerned about another bout of PPD. It worked and I had very very little PPD symptoms after my second child was born in 2005.

My depression was much improved during both of my pregnancies, which surprised me since my second pregnancy was very much not planned - we had a condom break on us - and was a source of stress at the beginning. But I was a very happy pregnant woman. It was the post partum period that was difficult for me. Having done it both ways I would suggest staying on meds if you can because preventing PPD was a lot easier than fighting it once it took hold.

Good luck to you and if you have any other questions I'd be happy to discuss my experiences.

Old 06-22-2007, 11:52 PM   #5
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Re: SSRI and Pregnancy

Thanks for all the advise. My primary Dr is worried about me because i have suffered with clinical depression for 9 years now and have been on and off meds since then but always need to get back on. His biggest fear is that I'm also relocating out of state and I've always been close to my family so he's afraid of me being alone with my husband and new Dr's. I'm just scared that the baby will suffer with these meds. I've stalled getting pregnant for 10 years because of my depression but I really want a family and would love a little one. I actually regret waiting so long.

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