I'm about 4 weeks along with baby number 3, & I'm trying to get some more info on anti-depressants in pregnancy. I was diagnosed with PPD when my 10 y/o was about 6 months old. Manifested itself mostly as anxiety. Realized through all of this that I have had lifelong history of anxiety & depression & that pregnancy & parenthood just brought it to a head. I've been on meds for it since then.
I stayed on meds through pregnancy #2, switching to Prozac while pregnant & Zoloft while nursing. I figured I would have to switch from my current meds (Zoloft & Wellbutrin) to something else during this pregnancy. When I called the psychiatrist who prescribes my meds on what to do, he told me wean off them entirely. And I have to admit I'm a bit worried about this. I'm in a good place right now with my anxiety & depression & have it mostly managed with the meds, vitamin D, & a good workout program.
I obviously want to do what is good for the baby. However, while my depression has never made me suicidal, it is not pretty. I function, but not well. And after the baby, even with meds it's not pretty. My DH is still scarred from my PPD. I will be meeting with someone In my potential care providers office on Wednesday to talk about it. (The Family Practice Dr I will work with if I can't have a home birth is on vacation.).
Has anyone taken meds during the last couple of years while pregnant? My youngest is over 5 years old, & I know there have been more concerns in recent years. I might be ok without meds right now, but as fall comes around, I'm a bit more worried. Working out, Vitamin D, & my full spectrum light might help, but I'm still concerned. My awareness helps as well, & I have resources & people who can help, but still...
I know there are many around here who do not think these meds are ok in pregnancy or anytime. I respect that. But please respect that for someone who has been in that spiraling vortex of anxiety & depression, this is a valid concern.
I know where to look to find out the class of meds. But what is a good place to get balanced info? Anyone been where I'm at, or close?
Thanks for your help.