Back in September, I shared with everyone that I made the decision to start taking anti-depressants to take the edge off of my nerves (see the blog post here). Since the beginning of this medication, I had researched whether or not it was safe to be on these drugs while trying to conceive. The medication I was prescribed was Zoloft, which by the research I had done, was the safest of any of the anti-depressants for pregnancy.
That didn’t mean it was safe, though, just safer than the rest. I even saw hundreds of testimonials by women stating they had been on Zoloft, took it during their entire pregnancy, and their baby turned out perfectly healthy. Still, I wasn’t going to make my decision until I talked with a professional (AKA my OBGYN).
When I had my little holiday scare, I decided it was the perfect time to talk to her about my BIG question. After I started the discussion, these were the questions she asked me…
- Why do you take the medication? My answer: to take the edge off of my nerves. I don’t want to lose my patience with my daughter when she is having one of her terrible two moments.
- If you stop the medication will you have suicidal thoughts? My answer: No.
- Do you plan on getting pregnant soon? My answer: I would like to start trying during the summer. I am asking now so that I can gradually come off the medication before that time if you tell me that is what I need to do.
After answering all of her questions, she said that she would recommend that I come off the medication before even trying to conceive. And, her reasoning was because it is a very gray area. No one wants to be the guinea pig when it comes to pregnancy and testing. Women are not going to risk their unborn baby’s health just to help with research for other individuals. It makes complete sense! I definitely would not participate in that kind of study either.
So, January is it! Once January hit, I started gradually taking myself off the medication. I am taking 1/2 of a pill each day for this month & the month of February, 1/2 of a pill every other day in March, and hopefully, I will be completely winged off of them by April. For anyone that hasn’t taken anti-depressants, you have to slowly come off these types of drugs or you could have major side effects (hallucinations, mood swings, and even brain zaps).
So far so good, but wish me luck! I am hoping that I do not experience some severe mood swings after I stop the medication completely.