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#1 of 7 Old 07-31-2013, 07:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have taken Lexapro for years, but I always planned on going off of it when I started trying to conceive. My (normally very all-natural) midwife strongly advises me to stay on the medicine, but I really don't want my baby exposed to psychoactive drugs. It seems counter intuitive to avoid cold cuts and plastic bottles but down a pill every day. I have a tendency toward some pretty serious depression, but I have never (and would never) hurt myself. Can anybody offer advice, I am really torn.
 

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I would not come off your meds with out doctors supervision. There are some natural ways to treat depression, like 5-htp, SAM-e, fish oil, exercise, and rhodiola, that can be pretty effective, but I wouldnt start those until you titrate off the current medication with a doctors supervision. That said plenty of women use the psychiatric meds during pregnancy, with no issues. So there is that to consider.


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I should clarify, if I did come off them, I would wean off with the help of a psychiatrist. That was my original plan, but my midwife said I shouldn't come off them at all.
 

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Depression while pregnant isnt a good thing either. However, if you are managing it then it shouldnt be a problem. If you are just coming off your meds, planning to just grin and bear it, that is not good at all.


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My doctor explained that uncontrolled mood issues increase chances of poor pregnancy outcomes.  I have bipolar disorder and am trying to balance everything.  So, I have weaned down to less than half of my meds, but I'm not going any further, and may even raise them back up again in a few weeks.

 

I'm TTC, and have to supplement progesterone for luteal support.  It is really doing a number on my moods.  It seems even worse than dropping my med doses.

 

I think, ultimately, we just have to decide what balance to aim for, and to try to accept whatever compromise we make.  Depression carries its own set of risks.

 

Good luck on your journey.


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If you feel stable and supported, maybe stopping while TTC and 1st trimester, but re-starting if needed in 2nd trimester or immediately postpartum d/t risks of PPD.
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Don't feel guilty for staying on the meds.  You've got to take care of you before you can take care of a baby!  I read about adverse effects of Lexapro and it seems that it's possible but linked only to really high dosages (like 20 to 50 times the max human dose). 

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