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June 26th, 2010, 07:28 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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Hello Everyone,

I need some advice. As a recap for anyone that doesn't know my history, 8 years ago my son Seth was stillborn @ 36 weeks. It was labeled as unexplained. We had an autopsy and after study by a perinatal specialist and they could not come up with any causes. He was underweight, but they couldn't come up with any reason.

After TTC what feels like forever. I'm pregnant again. The pregnancy is going very well. I should be elated, I should be happy, but I'm not. Before getting pregnant I was on Straterra and Prozac for ADHD and depression. I stopped taking those as soon as I got a positive pregnancy test.

During the first trimester I thought I was doing OK. I had a lot of morning sickness, and I just took it easy all the time. There weren't a lot of expectations on me because I was newly pregnant and sick and generally people just left me alone.

Now I'm feeling great physically but emotionally I'm a wreck. I have so much anxiety over this pregnancy and I've been really depressed. I don't want to do anything, nothing interests me. I can't even get excited about picking out baby stuff. I barely want to get out of bed and sometimes I want to go to bed as soon as I get home from work. I'm not participating with the family much or friends and when I do I'm irritated by almost everything. I keep biting everyone's head off for no reason and it just makes me more sad.

I can't take my adhd medication, and so that's in full effect. I cant concentrate at work and that makes me feel horrible too. I know I can't do anything about that.

I've been thinking I should call my OB and ask if they can prescribe me an antidepressant, but I have tremendous guilt around it. I know there are some antidepressants that they think are low risk, but after what happened last time I feel guilty about taking anything with even a chance of risk.

I do see a therapist weekly, but right now it' just not helping.

Did anyone else have depression during subsequent pregnancies after your stillbirth? Did you do anything about it?

I just don't know what to do...

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June 26th, 2010, 07:44 PM
MeganMomof5's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I only made it to 15 weeks with my subsequent pregnancy, but once I hit the 2nd trimester I started to have really bad anxiety...The doctor I saw (He wasn't my doctor) wanted me to take anxiety medication, and I declined...I later talked to my doctor about it and he said he only recomends it, if it's affecting your daily life, and it wasn't affecting my daily life...To me it sounds like it is affecting your daily life, and maybe you should talk to your doctor...Now that your past the first trimester i'm sure they can probably find some sort of anti-depressant that will be fine to take...I know others on this board are on some...I took zoloft while pregnant with my 3rd daughter...Good luck and I Hope you can find something that will help.
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June 26th, 2010, 08:04 PM
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The best thing I ever did for myself was take the anti depressant. I am taking lexapro, and to be honest, I'd take the anxiety meds too if I wasn't so weary of their effect on pregnancy. The anxiety about the pregnancy hasn't been easy at all...but saying yes to the meds was the best thing I've done.
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June 26th, 2010, 08:53 PM
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I took 4 mood disorder meds during my subsequent pregnancy and I'm glad I did. I took lexapro like Heather plus a few others. Zoloft is considered the safest antidepressant during pregnancy, but every member of the SSRI class of antidepressants except Paxil is considered safe. That includes Prozac. I don't know much about Straterra so I don't know if that is safe.

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June 28th, 2010, 04:54 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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Thanks to everyone for your input. I called the nurse this morning and asked. Doctor wanted me to come in so she could talk to me. She prescribed me prozac since I have taken it in the past with good results and since its older they have a lot of information on it being prescribed to pregnant women.

She said the biggest risk at this stage is that the baby could go through some withdrawal after birth but that it is very manageable and that me being depressed is a bigger risk.

Anyways, thanks again. I'm really glad I called. She made me feel a lot better. Now, hopefully this stuff will kick back in quickly.

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June 28th, 2010, 10:08 PM
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I have my fingers crossed that the Prozac will help you out and you can hopefully start enjoying the pregnancy more.
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