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Depression, Eating Disorders, Medication and Pregnancy

Since I found out that I am pregnant, I have been doing a lot of research on the medication I take on a daily basis, and it’s possible side effects on my pregnancy.
To be fair, there’s not a lot of information out there. A lot of drugs are simply not studied much, or even at all, in pregnant women because of ethics. So to start off, I do need to point out that all the drugs I am talking about are listed as Category C (risk can not be ruled out). I’m primarily going to be focusing on Prozac, Dexedrine and possibly Vyvanse, even though I have not yet made the switch.

First things first, as of right now, after discussing it wit both my psychologist and my midwife, I will be continuing with the Prozac that I have been taking for the last few months, but I will cutting out the Dexedrine for the time being.

Basically, you and your doctor will have to sit down and weigh the risks.  I was not engaging in self-care before starting my medication. I didn’t eat well, had poor hygiene, and slept a lot of the time because I had no drive or motivation. Combined with my pregnancy symptoms, this sounds like an absolute disaster and coming off my medication is just not an option.
While the baby will take whatever it needs from me, if I’m not eating well and caring for myself at a very basic level, it can’t possibly do the baby any good.

Several of the risks that I have found described appear to be common both in children of women who took Prozac during pregnancy, and women that had symptoms of moderate untreated depression. This includes but is not limited to: premature birth, low birth weight, irritability, feeding problems and difficulty sleeping.

So while there’s no clear answer, I hope that this was just a little bit helpful. If you need certain medications in order to function on a daily basis, they may be worth continuing, even if there is a small risk.
As always, I’m not a professional. If you are considering whether or not you want to stay on your medication, please talk to your doctor.

That’s it for today! Where are all my baby mommas at? Anyone pregnant? Anyone still medicated? Leave me a comment with your stories down below!


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2 Comments on “Depression, Eating Disorders, Medication and Pregnancy

  1. Congratulations on your pregnancy….and such a good idea to sit with your doctor and talk the medication through. I was taking a different anti-depressant when I fell pregnant with my youngest and I was changed onto Prozac. I had no adverse effects during pregnancy or afterwards. If I remember rightly (11years ago now!!) I think I was at the point that I could stop my medication so I think I came off them whilst I was still pregnant but I was advised Prozac was the safer one to be on. Best of luck with the pregnancy 🙂 xx

    1. Thank you!
      Yes, overall it’s the most studied, and widely used. I just think it’s good to have an open discussion about it. Also, congratulations on getting to the point where you no longer need it.

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