pregnancy & depression

  1. Oh girls... I feel so bad... I suffer of depression, and with the pregnancy I cannot take my medicines... so I become more and more sad...
    I cannot rejoice about all the things that happen... my parents and my hubby don't understand me and make me feel so guilty telling me "react, you don't have real motives to feel sad!"
    I've always the cry in the throat... no joy...
    Sometimes I react with hungry and being thin-skinned and ticklish...
    There's nothing that can give me interest... all has lost importance and meaning...

  2. stephanie, talk to your doctors right away. how far along are you in your pregnancy? if you are out of your 1st trimester it is safer to take medications, so I have been told by my doctors. you need to weigh with your ob and psychiatrist the risks and benefits of taking the medications that you need. There are sooo many meds out there to choose from it could be possible that you can find something to take that will help you and not harm baby. I hate to think about you suffering with your depression. I know some people will probably chime in with "don't take any medicines while pregnant" but this is something for your doctors and you to decide. or maybe you feel that your personal decision is not to take anything. I had to take medicines during my pregnancy, some that were a little high risk, but I was continuously monitored by my ob and prenatal specialist and thank god the baby was perfect in every way. anyway, bottom line, talk with your doctors, they will understand you and perhaps can help. Are you going to see a therapist? Even if you don't do meds, talking with a professional can really help.
  3. Stephanie, go to your doctor right away and tell him/her what is going on in your head.
    You can take some antidepressents while pregnant.
    I know this from my experience.
    Depression is an illness that requires medication - end of story
  4. I agree with this advice. You certainly can take antidepressants during pregnancy. Please let us know how you make out with the doctor.
  5. ** hugs to you, sweetie **
    Please do as everyone else is recommending and go talk to your doctor. I'm sure there's something they can give you so that your spirits are lifted a bit. Please let us know when you go and how you are doing, and please don't ignore this.
  6. :heart:Hugs:heart: to you, dear Stephanie! I can somewhat relate since last week I shockingly discovered that I'm 6-8 weeks into an unplanned 3rd pregnancy and now have begun weaning myself off Cymbalta (also for depression) and Strattera (adult ADD). It's scary and difficult to come off meds that have been so helpful to me in the past year.

    I echo others and advice you to not try to tough this out... please consider more talk therapy. I happen to highly recommend CBT (I just wrote a long post about my dealings with depression here: And I will be checking on you by reading this thread often!
  7. Stephanie, go to your doctor and talk this over with him/her. You should have some answers to be able to help with this.

    Lots of hugs and love.
  8. Hugs to you! Depression is so mom and grandpa both suffer from manic depression/bipolar disorder and my teenage brother is showing symptoms as well. I also had postpartum depression after my first child so I can totally empathize with you. Hopefully your doctor can be of help...
    FWIW, my three year old was seeing a child psychiatrist because we were concerned about certain behavioral patterns that were red flags for a mood disorder. He recommended Tuna Omega 3 Fatty Acids as a mood stabilizer as it very safe and good for over all health and there have been really great results in those who suffer from depression (including my mom). I take it as part of my prenatal supplement/vitamin program (I see a naturopath in addition to my OB) and my three year old takes it (it has been a huge aid in helping her sleep through without waking up in screaming fits several times a night as she had been, which in turn helps her be more rested and not so frazzled the next day) so its very safe. You may want to just ask your doctor about it and see what he or she says first though. Its not a cure all but it may help a little.
    Hope your doctor is able to help and that you feel better real soon! :yes:
  9. Oh girls, thanks... I really feel you near me... my problem is that my therapist doesn't absolutely want to give me the medicines.... is she that is "unmovable"...
    She says I'm strong... I tried to make her change opinion so many times...
  10. :sad: :crybaby: I am so sory you're going through this! (((HUGS)))

    I think you should try to talk to your therapist again and if she still refuses to do more than say "be stronger", I think you shoudl consider talking to another therapist. This is not working and you should not be suffering like this! I'm sure, there will be someone willing to help you if your current therapist won't!!

    Good luck :heart: and keep us posted!
  11. oh boy, that is frustrating, stephanie. I would try to get another doctor, sorry, but that therapist does not sound like a responsible provider to me. Is it a therapist or a psychiatrist? Definately talk to your ob about it then too.
  12. I think you're right... perhaps she's not sure of herself and she doesn't want the risks and responsibility of prescribing medicinals to me 'cause I'm pregnant...

    Oh, finding now a new therapist is not simple... I feel exhausted...
  13. Stephanie... could it be that you are afraid of being off of the meds, which is exacerbating depression? As everyone has said, please honestly and openly discuss your concerns with your therapist and doctor. I am somewhat afraid of being off my meds, since I finally got a taste of what it's like to be a "normal" person while on meds. After I'm done with my week of weaning off the meds, I will definitely do everything in MY power/ability to stay healthy thru this pregnancy AND combat depression without meds. One day at a time I plan to:

    1. Continue weekly talk therapy, increasing to bi-weekly if necessary
    2. Get at least 8 hours of solid sleep each night, no matter what.
    3. Drink at least 4 glasses of milk per day. And water.
    4. Eating 6 small meals per day, no skipping.
    5. Not worry about my appearance as I'm gradually gaining weight during pregnancy.
    6. Enjoying an occasional treat I'd usually stay away from, like McDonald's Bacon, Egg and Cheese Croissants... and a milkshake!
    7. When I am tired, achy, run-down or just plain "bleh"... I will not hesitate to ask for help from DH, my parents, my friends, or my neighbors.
    8. When some negative thought crosses my mind, I will RATIONALIZE the heck out of it so it can't hurt me.
    9. I will try to get out of the house to breathe in fresh air at least once a day, even if it's for just 15 minutes. Perhaps I'll even take a short walk in a park, because being with nature is always soothing for me.
    10. IF (not 'when' - it may not happen) I begin to dangerously spiral downward into major depression despite having made a concerted effort to do the majority of the above, then I will need to talk to my therapist and doctor about the possibility of resuming some type of med, so my mental/emotional well-being can be restored and I can continue caring for myself and for my growing fetus.

  14. Could your OB perhaps recommend a new therapist for you? Maybe someone who may specialize in depression during pregnancy? I'm sure some have a specialty in postpartum depression so perhaps it may be possible? Just trying to think of ideas to help.
    In the meanwhile, just try to think about the gorgeous little baby that you'll soon be cuddling! :yes: