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zolft during pregnancy

Before we started trying to conceive I tappered of a low dose of lexapro hoping I would be able to cope without medicine. Now 24 weeks today I am finding my anxiety and depression returning and I'm am not dealing with it well. Lots of crying from stress and just can't shut my brain off. My doctor has prescribed me zoloft but I am still worried about taking it. Has anyone else gone through this? What research and doctors info did you get?
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It is one of those situations where you have to look at if the benefits outweigh the risk. Zoloft is a category c, so risk to the fetus can't be ruled out because there haven't been a lot of studies. But untreated anxiety and depression are not healthy for you or your baby. I take a medication for bipolar, also a category c. It bums me out that I need it, but  it is what it is. If I was diabetic I would take my meds for that, and it's the same thing. I did meet with a fetal medicine specialist and he put any fears I was having to rest. I would say talk more with your doc if you are concerned. But I would say it's better to treat your illness. Bravo to you for going to doc for treatment, btw. It's hard to admit we can't do it all on our own. But it's the best thing in helping heal:)
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Thank you for your response. I'm have been thinking the same way about needing to take the medicine. My second guessing it to be honest I think is part of my untreated anxiety... Double edged sword right now lol
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My friend took an anti-depressant her entire pregnancy and her little boy was perfectly fine, and is now a perfect 3 ur old
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Thanks for the info
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I work in a pharmacy. Zoloft is the chosen drug while pregnant. One of the girls I work with had to take it while she was pregnant. They told her it would be more harmful not to because of the stress it would put on the baby. Don't be alarmed if they have to change you once you give birth either. That happens a lot.
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im on Zoloft too my dr told me its better to be treated while your pregnant than not treat and have more risks for worse depression and anxiety at the end or after you have to baby
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Thanks ladies. I also work in a pharmacy and have despensed it to multiple pregnant patients so I know its the go to one. I guess I was just looking for more info since I was sure I would be able to get from everyone here. Thank you so much for your responses it has helped eased my mind about my need to take it.
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I Personally Don't Like This Medication While Pregnant My Sister IN Law Took It With 3 Of Her 6 Kids And Now Those 3 Seem To Hv Emotional Issues. At skool it's the worst when they get around other children. She couldn't put her finger on why they acted  this way but she thinks it's because of the medication. But it's ur choice hun just kind of letting you know her situation so u can take into consideration...
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I am 20+4 and on Zoloft. I was on something much stronger before pregnancy for my anxiety n depression. I made it thru the first trimester and had to go back on something. I talked with my ob, her partnering ob and a perinatal Dr. All agreed it was much safer to be on a low dose (50mg daily) than to continue with the panic attacks n depression. I was also concerned about PPD and am determined to exclusively breastfeed so I also spoke with my baby's to be pediatrician, he said Zoloft is ok for breastfeeding as well. The small amount she would recieve thru my milk would not be harmful. Hopefully that helps u some. Good luck
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I am bipolar. I had to come off some of my meds when I became pregnant. I have found that keeping some of the meds and also seeing my therapist weekly is extremely helpful.
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