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August 3rd, 2011, 06:14 PM
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its kind of personal but I cant post in the secret garden anymore. After evie i had bad PPD and had to get on ADs, I stopped taking them when I found out i was pregnant again but my OB said this specific brand is OK to take while pregnant, I seen on TV and my sister read in her nursing book (not sure what it was exactly but she said she read it) That this brand can cause birth defects. Im confused cos my OB said its ok so what would you do? Would you take it and stay stable for your family or would you wait until you gave birth to your baby? Also do you think it would be ok to start it back up after not taking it for like 18 weeks?
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August 3rd, 2011, 06:17 PM
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I'd ask another Dr or nurse... even better, a pharmacist. Believe it or not, they know a lot about drugs and what can be taken while pregnant, etc.. I'd call and ask.
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August 3rd, 2011, 06:20 PM
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i was thinking about asking my family dr, but im just so confused idk why my ob would say its ok if its not. I mean I know anythign cabn cause birth defects but I honestly dont want to be the cause of it ykwim? Or like am I doing more damage not taking them. :'(
im feeling really bad today.
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August 3rd, 2011, 06:22 PM
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Research all possibilities. I wouldn't start taking it again just out of the blue without dr's knowledge and assistance though.
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August 3rd, 2011, 07:40 PM
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I ditto asking a pharmacist. In my experience they know more about medications and side effects than most doctors do. You have to remember doctors have pharmaceutical reps that go to their offices promoting certain drugs, then the doctor prescribes them.

A pharmacist will give you the low down on what the side effects are.
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August 3rd, 2011, 08:24 PM
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I'd speak to a Pharmacist and your OB doctor as well.. Or get a second opinion. Then I'd make the decision myself if I want to continue or not.. Have you looked into natural remedies?

Here's a site you might want to check out.. The Pharmacist will usually refer to Pregnancy and Lactation book.. This is kinda like the book..

Drugs in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding : SafeFetus.com




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August 4th, 2011, 06:19 AM
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I would also call and ask a pharmacist or get another opinion.
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August 4th, 2011, 06:49 AM
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Here's a site you might want to check out.. The Pharmacist will usually refer to Pregnancy and Lactation book.. This is kinda like the book..

Drugs in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding : SafeFetus.com




Thanks that was helpful.
I was talking to DH about it all and he told me that Im just over reacting and everything is fine, and Its all just coming out more liek this bcz of my pregnancy hormones, But I dont know. I mean it also said that you shouldnt take while nursing and Im going to try again and if he dosent latch like evie didnt Im going to pump and give it to him for a little while like i did with her. I have an appt tomorrow, but my ob seems like a quack (idk if ive talked abotu him on here). He's kind of a jerk.

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August 4th, 2011, 07:15 AM
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My suggestion.. get a female Dr. In my experiences, male OB's just don't "get it". Females get the Mom thing, the being scared, etc...
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August 4th, 2011, 10:22 PM
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I agree with everyone else. Get a second opinion. Also, HUGS to you. I don't think anyone here would judge you for needing to take ADs.
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August 5th, 2011, 10:16 AM
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If it is Zoloft, or any thing with the same ingredient's I'd say go with your gut and avoid it at all costs. Recently a good friend of mine found out taking Zoloft while pregnant with her daughter is most likely the cause behind her Asperghers (sp??)


Like the others, do your own research, ask a pharmacist.


I was on a few different AD's before conceiving Bailey. When I found I was expecting, I weaned off. Thanks to therapy, online support, and a very supportive BFF and DH I was and am still able to stay off of them. It's a lot of mental work to keep myself "in check", especially when things get tough (like the past few months) but definitely possible. I'd personally check into relaxation and meditating methods. Also, writing helps me tremendously.

If you need to chat, I'm always around. Once I get my cell back next week, I can give you my number as well if you'd like. Depression sucks, especially when pregnant and right after having a baby.

And so ya know, I'd NEVER judge anyone for needing some help with depression.
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August 5th, 2011, 10:20 AM
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Basically what it all comes down to is a couple of factors. The first and most important being weighing the pros and cons of each side. Naturally, almost ANYTHING you take in pregnancy (especially early pregnancy...which you are out of now) has a risk associated with it. Lots of medications cross the placenta and have effects we are either not aware of or can accept.

When deciding whether to take AD's in pregnancy...it is a balancing act. Are you having a really hard time in your own head? Are you having a harder and harder time taking care of your family? Is the depression/anxiety starting to affect the way you feel about the pregnancy or your life? Are you having trouble doing things you used to do easily? And if the answers to those questions are YES, taking the medications might be better than trying to struggle through it on your own.

It is really important to trust your doctor or the person who is giving you the information on the medication. Trusting commercials on TV or a non-medical-based relative is not a great way to get correct information. A pharmacist, therapist (if you have one), third-party doctor might make you feel better that you are getting unbiased information on the possible side effects to the baby.

It is a really, really personal decision to make. And can be really hard. There have been several AD's approved for use in both pregnancy and breastfeeding. They are classified as "Class B" medications (Class A is like tylonel or cough drops...little to no negative effects on the fetus, Class B is certain antibiotics, lots of prescription medications for things like allergies, etc and means "potentially crosses the placenta in small amounts, little effects seen in the fetus, any negative outcomes can not necessarily be linked directly to the medication usage, Class C (heavy-duty pain killers, blood thinners) is that you have to weigh the pros and con of the medications because it does cross the placenta and withdraw or effects have been seen on the newborn baby, any negative effects can be tied to the medication although the negative effects are not life threatening or altering, and Class X which means DON'T TAKE THIS because there could be serious side effects on the child that can affect his/her life later on). There are antidepressants that are Class X. Paxil (the one I take not-pregnant) is one of them. You want to be off it in pregnancy. But Wellbutrin and Zoloft are Class B. They function in different ways. There have been some mixed reviews about Zoloft lately...but as far as I know nothing has been definitively linked to it's use and negative effects. It would be fairly hard to prove Aspergers or Autism is "caused" by an antidepressant. Just like it is hard to prove it is linked to vaccines or epidurals.

Personal experience is that I *try* to stay off any medications in early pregnancy. That first trimester is so important for development of the major body systems and I want to do what I can to ensure all goes well. In both pregnancies I have started my normal medication routine again around week 16. I weaned on and take the lowest dose possible. My son is just fine. And he was likely better off not having a mother overtaken by anxiety and obsessions his whole pregnancy. I feel the same about this baby. I would not be able to function properly without the medication. So it was a judgement call.

I agree with the others...get lots of medical opinions, weigh the pros and cons, and talk to your DH about his feelings on this whole thing. You will not *hurt* anything going on medication later in pregnancy. As I said, I prefer it. Sorry that turned into a book. But I did lots of research on it in my first pregnancy and like that people actually take the time to think about these things. Lots of women would not even question how the medication might affect things. So you are ahead of the curve. Good luck!!
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August 5th, 2011, 10:25 AM
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August 5th, 2011, 02:22 PM
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its celexa. My ob said its one of the few you can take and that if he had any "addiction" to it at all he'd be weened off through breast milk which im planning on trying again,
I feel like im doing more harm to him and Genevieve by not taking them, but im so worried that if i do somethign horrible will happen to him. I mean I am NOT abusing Genevieve at all but i feel like im super short with her more than pregnancy hormones should have it. Im a SAHM now and i dont even want to pick up my house, i do it cos i know i have to for her, but i dont cook DH dinner anymore, i eat myself a bowl of cereal and call it a night, (of course i feed genevieve food tht she eats,) I jsut feel bad bcz i told DH that the house woudl be spotless and dinner would be cooked etc. but i have no motivation to. I dont want to and i dont care to.
My PPD was HORRID with evie and my ob said it could get worse with every child there after. I woudl LOVE to not take them anymore, but im not stable enough. My bff is in teh army and i never see or talk to her anymore. and dh is at work most of the time so really i have no one to talk to.
I looked somewhere else online and it said that its rare and severe (if it happens) that they will have lung probs and heart probs.
UGH! can you really do that much more damage after everythign is basicaly grown? He has everythign just working on the finishing touches right?
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I had an awful experience with Celexa, but my "age" made me more prone to "suicidal thoughts while taking antidepressants"


I'd go with your gut on this one, personally. There are risks with every little thing we take. If *you* feel the positives out weigh the very rare negatives, go for the meds.

I tend to say no based on *my* experiences with AD's, but they help soooooo (can I add some more "o"s?) many people. Especially mothers to young children.

And if it makes you feel any better, from the time I went on Maternity leave with Bailey until she was 6 months old I did not do a single thing besides the basics: feed & clean (them, not the house) It happens.
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LOL.
well I am 21.
I got on these when I was 19. I did fine. So im goign to take them I think Im doing more harm to him bein depressed. and I need to be more fun with Genevieve before I haev another.
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If you did well on it before, definitely go back to the same med.

Back when I was BFing Collin I was sooooo afraid of taking anything that could harm him, was put on Zoloft. Then got all crazy and suicidal, and sent to a nut house. In the psych ward, I told the shrink there the same thing. He simply asked me one question: "Would you rather your nurse your child and be miserable, or switch to formula and feel sane?"

Only *you* can know what's best for you, Genevieve & the new bubs. Sounds to me, you already know what would be best for you.
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yeah. If the chances are tht rare, Ill take them. I want to LOVE my kids because I feel that love, not bcz i know i have to and thats how i feel when im depressd. Its bad.
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been there. Like I said some where up there ^^ If you ever need to talk, I'm around.
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K. thanks, nicole!
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