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Question Cosleeping on medications

Hiya. I have been considering going on antidepressants sometime after this little one comes. I've been depressed on and off for about 10-11 years. I had a nice long relapse during my pregnancy and postpartum period with my son but I've been "down" most of the time since 2012.

I bedshared with my son. He slept right up against me every night. He still likes to crawl in bed with us sometimes at 3.5. I'm expecting again in October, won't start the medication until after the baby comes (to spare him any withdrawal), and am not feeling comfortable with the idea of bedsharing the same way until I am very sure the effects the medication are going to have on my alertness. I may postpone starting them until 6w PP to be sure the baby is gaining well and to separate regular postpartum feelings from medication side effects.

Does anyone have any experience with this? What did you do to keep your baby safe while you took medications?

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I don't really have any answers for you. I do think if you can wait like you said to be able to separate pp from the effects of the medication is good. Sometimes there needs to be medication adjustments as well. As fR as sleeping, I've heard a lot of times the first few weeks you can get insomnia but I have not heard of people sleeping any harder on them. I do know what you mean though, when I was on some pain relievers after my c-section those did knock me out and I was a bit concerned about my baby sleeping with me.
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If you can get separate sleeping area for your baby(like a crib) and put it right next to your bed, it will be the benefits co-sleeping without the risk. Since you don't know how you will react to the medication, and certainly the added anxiety of that won't help you! You will still be so close, you can hear your baby and reach out to touch him/her, etc. without the risk of rollovers. I hope it goes well for you!!!
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