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Old 04-11-2012, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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After hearing about 45434132132136513050454121216546879879843516574869 commercials that go "if you took the anti depressent ____ while pregnant and your child has (insert horrible illness here) we can help you" I would NEVER EVER take any anti depressents while pregnant.
I would suggest not making medical decisions on the basis on lawyers trying to drum up business. There is a good deal of scientific literature outlining the costs and benefits of taking specific antidepressants while pregnant, and I would recommend that someone who is clinically depressed while pregnant have a serious conversation with her health care provider about her options about how those costs and benefits could apply to her situation. Untreated clinical depression can have risks to the pregnancy other than the risk of self-harm.

To the OP: You've gotten some great advice on this thread. Definitely speak with your OB at your next appointment. Talk therapy can be effective in coping with depression, if that is what you are experiencing, or in just helping you cope with all of the changes your body and your life are going through. Good luck and congratulations on your pregnancy.

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Old 04-11-2012, 11:37 PM
 
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I'm pregnant, and It's the most magical thing that ever happened to me , but also the most tedious and exhausting. I've been felling really down lately and I don't know if I should take antidepressives. I've read about
prozac and pregnancy birth defects but I don't really know what to make of it. What do you guys say?
I wouldn't take an antidepressant while pregnant unless you NEED it. "feeling down" doesn't convince me. Pregnancy changes your whole body, and your mind too. If you think you are depressed after the baby is born, by all means, look into antidepressants. Oh, and you can't just "take" them. You have to see a therapist and be diagnosed, and prescribed them.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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Suggesting that clinically depressed women are "sad" displays a woeful ignorance about depression.

Yeah ok. Thats not what I said. I was speaking on a PERSONAL level and there is no way in H*LL I would risk my childs health for my own feelings.


AND AGAIN I ASK

Why would you, knowing that you are not mentally well and would have to take this rx that could cripple or kill oyur newborn child, get pregnant???
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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I would suggest not making medical decisions on the basis on lawyers trying to drum up business. There is a good deal of scientific literature outlining the costs and benefits of taking specific antidepressants while pregnant, and I would recommend that someone who is clinically depressed while pregnant have a serious conversation with her health care provider about her options about how those costs and benefits could apply to her situation. Untreated clinical depression can have risks to the pregnancy other than the risk of self-harm.

To the OP: You've gotten some great advice on this thread. Definitely speak with your OB at your next appointment. Talk therapy can be effective in coping with depression, if that is what you are experiencing, or in just helping you cope with all of the changes your body and your life are going through. Good luck and congratulations on your pregnancy.

Just the fact that there are enough cases of babies being born with these problems linked to this medication would be cause enough to not take the medication. They cant drum up business if there wasnt anyone out there effected
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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Just the fact that there are enough cases of babies being born with these problems linked to this medication would be cause enough to not take the medication. They cant drum up business if there wasnt anyone out there effected
There are very few medications that can be taken in pregnancy that have been studied enough to conclude they have no potential negative effect. Yes, antidepressants, like most other medications, can have side effects that may impact pregnancy. My point was that a class action lawsuit commercial is not the place to get accurate information about risk. Try this instead: Antidepressants: Safe during pregnancy? - MayoClinic.com

Although it may be a cut-and-dried decision for you, there are many women who struggle with the decision whether to continue antidepressant use during pregnancy. Judgment is not helpful. Accurate risk-benefit analysis, based on scientific sources, between a woman and her doctor is.

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Old 04-12-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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Yeah ok. Thats not what I said. I was speaking on a PERSONAL level and there is no way in H*LL I would risk my childs health for my own feelings.


AND AGAIN I ASK

Why would you, knowing that you are not mentally well and would have to take this rx that could cripple or kill oyur newborn child, get pregnant???
Since you are not clinically depressed and pregnant can you really say what you would do ? There is a risk doing just about anything with life, but all medicines have risks towards you, and your child. However the risks while needed to be listed are fairly minimal.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Yeah ok. Thats not what I said. I was speaking on a PERSONAL level and there is no way in H*LL I would risk my childs health for my own feelings.


AND AGAIN I ASK

Why would you, knowing that you are not mentally well and would have to take this rx that could cripple or kill oyur newborn child, get pregnant???
Not everyone who becomes clinically depressed during pregnancy was clinically depressed before becoming pregnant.

Not every pregnancy is planned; about half are not.

Anyone who is on an antidepressant should take steps to prevent an unplanned pregnancy and discuss her medications (all of them) with her doctor before planning a pregnancy.

With any medication, the benefits have to be weighed against the risks, whether the person taking the medication is pregnant or not.

Arch Gen Psychiatry -- Abstract: A Meta-analysis of Depression During Pregnancy and the Risk of Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight, and Intrauterine Growth Restriction, October 2010, Grote et al. 67 (10): 1012

True clinical depression is associated with preterm birth, low birth weight, and intrauterine growth retardation.

Some medications for seizures carry a known risk for birth defects. Should a woman with epilepsy never get pregnant?

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Just the fact that there are enough cases of babies being born with these problems linked to this medication would be cause enough to not take the medication. They cant drum up business if there wasnt anyone out there effected.
Lawyers do not need much incentive to drum up business. Anything involving a pregnancy or a child and medical care makes them start seeing dollar signs in a big way.

The absolute number of babies with complications related to antidepressants is pretty small.

It is up to mom and her doc to decide what treatment is appropriate for her symptoms. Untreated depression is bad for the baby.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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Yeah ok. Thats not what I said. I was speaking on a PERSONAL level and there is no way in H*LL I would risk my childs health for my own feelings.


AND AGAIN I ASK

Why would you, knowing that you are not mentally well and would have to take this rx that could cripple or kill oyur newborn child, get pregnant???
this doesn't even make sense. she was apparently feeling fine before she got pregnant. He down feelings now, she believes are because of the pregnancy. And I really don't think you are in a place to be judging someone's pregnancy planning or lack thereof.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:25 AM
 
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Since you are not clinically depressed and pregnant can you really say what you would do ? There is a risk doing just about anything with life, but all medicines have risks towards you, and your child. However the risks while needed to be listed are fairly minimal.

Actually I AM clinically depressed and bi polar manic or so they tell me , and no I dont take medication for either. My drive to be a good mother is enough to overturn these feelings and I go and speak to a therapist twice a week now so that may help.

In general im against most medication but mental and behavioral meds are just a load of crap imho. Im stronger than any mental illness.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:27 AM
 
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this doesn't even make sense. she was apparently feeling fine before she got pregnant. He down feelings now, she believes are because of the pregnancy. And I really don't think you are in a place to be judging someone's pregnancy planning or lack thereof.

I am not speaking to the OP. And why am I not in a place to judge someone elses pregnancy? Did she not come to a forum asking for advice? Am I not a mother who has suffered depression? You dont know me.
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