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19/12/2015 at 17:26
Hello, I'm currently 22 weeks pregnant and have just been diagnosed with depression. I have suffered with depression before, worst case after the birth of my first, but I never saught help for it. This time though, I know I need help for my families sake more than anything. I just want to be a happy mum again. Anyway, the psychiatrist believes I would benefit from antidepressants, I have to say I very much agree with her. My only concern is the potential risks to my baby. I was just wondering if anyone else is talking or has taken fluoxetine (Prozac) whilst pregnant? Was it successful in making you feel better? Any complications? I am aware of various alternatives to medication so (really without meaning to sound rude or ungrateful in anyway) would rather know directly about people's experience with medication. Thank you :)
19/12/2015 at 21:28
I am also very curious about this. I'm currently ttc and have been taking 40mg prozac per day for years now for severe depression and anxiety. Doctors say the risk of me being depressed without my meds would be worse for me and a baby than the risk of staying on the prozac so I'm staying on it. Would love to hear any firsthand stories! Xx
21/12/2015 at 10:50
Thanks for your response. The psychiatrist I saw said that they have recently discovered that the risks that they once thought were associated are much less severe than initially thought. She also said that, it's difficult to determine that the medication directly caused any issues as there are so many factors to consider. How have you found fluoxetine? Has it made much of a difference for you?
21/12/2015 at 10:57
Hey, sorry i don't have first hand experience, but i have a really good friend who took fluoxitine through both of her pregnancies with her two boys, and everything was just as it should be - no probs with the babies, they are now 6 and 3, and lovely healthy boys - and she stayed on the right side of sane too.
Personally i'd say this is pretty commonplace now, and rather have you happy and pregnant than a wreck. Good luck hon x
21/12/2015 at 12:19
Sid89, I find fluoxetine really helpful. Honestly I could not have gotten through the last few years without it, I was so bad before and no other meds were working for me. There's no shame in taking antidepressants. We are strong people whose brain chemistry is faulty, and the pills make it easier. Best of luck. If you have any prozac-related questions feel free to send me a message xx
Mrsg - thanks for your story, makes me feel better :)
22/12/2015 at 16:44
Thank you both!! I've bitten the bullet and started! I've got a 2 year old to think about as much as myself and I feel guilty every day that I'm being a bit of a crappy mum and not taking her out etc! I am really hopeful that these work for me. I've heard really good things from a few people now :)
22/12/2015 at 17:31
Sid, i got to say, good for you! Guilt is a wasted horrible emotion, so leave that behind and get those pills down your neck! I took them (not while preggers) quite a few years ago and remember, they are a cumulative drug, so take about a month to kick in. Give yourself time, and just do what you can. And have a lovely Chrimbo! x
22/12/2015 at 18:16
Thank you so much!! I'm definitely happy with my decision and I didn't make it lightly. I've got 2 weeks off work now to get used to the initial adjustment so hopefully I won't be feeling all weird by the time I get back! Merry Xmas to you too :) really grateful for everyone's advice.
22/12/2015 at 18:25
Good luck Sid. Happy Christmas! Xx
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