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Getting off meds for pregnancy: will this be impossible?

on 07/17/2014

I had a breakdown the other day about the daunting task of getting off my meds during pregnancy. It scares the shit out of me.

taking medication during pregnancyI almost broke down during my psychiatrist appointment where we were talking about options (of which, really, there are none). Not none for everyone, but it doesn’t look good for me.

My OBGYN basically said that there isn’t any bipolar/depression medication that isn’t a potential risk to the baby. Then my psychiatrist said that wellbutrin might be an option. My friend took Zoloft during her pregnancy.

I have two problems here. 1. anti-depressants don’t work for me. 2. I really don’t want to take any chances of harming the baby…at all.

It took me forever to find the right combo of meds: 500mg lamictal, 2.5mg abilify, and 10mg trazodone for sleep. And the last time I lowered my lamictal dose slightly I got depressed.

I know that everyone says that if you’re really in a terrible place mentally that the mental health of the mother might outweigh any risks from meds. And I’m starting to fear that this might be the case for me.

Maybe I just have to get over the fact that I’ll be one of the women who just can’t be entirely off medication during pregnancy. But as I said, it seems anti-depressants are the only thing recommended (to me at least), but the damn things have never worked for me. (Tried Cymblta and Lexapro).

So, in sum, I’m petrified. I’ve briefed my husband that this will likely get really terrible and that I’ll need a shit ton of support.

What experiences have you had with pregnancy and mental health meds? Is there any hope?

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5 responses to “Getting off meds for pregnancy: will this be impossible?

  1. Lynne says:

    If you are bipolar just antidepressants won’t work. Taking just one half of the medication can cause breakdowns. Us Bipolar peeps have to have both meds in order to stay balanced.

    • laurenemily says:

      Thanks for your response! Yeah I feel like bipolar is its own special animal, which makes things incredibly difficult!

  2. Carol Martin says:

    Maybe, just maybe, pregnancy and all it’s associated hormones will somehow affect your depression/moods and the meds will not be needed. And yes you are gonna need a TON of support from your loved ones. Know that you are doing what’s best for your baby, no matter what, and that we will love and support you through it all.

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