Pregnant; send help.
May 15, 2012 9:59 AM Subscribe
I am pregnant and on meds and terrified to not be on meds. Can you help me sort this through? I'm five weeks pregnant and on 300 mg/day of Wellbutrin XL. I promise I don't think you are my doctor or my pharmacist. I'm looking for advice from women who have Been There or those with concrete science-y knowledge.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Over the past several years, I've conducted several experiments with different drugs, different dosages, and being not on meds. Being not on meds is horrible -- I tried very hard, but it's damaging to my relationship, to my parenting abilities, to my professional life. Wellbutrin was my final answer due to its relative efficacy and lack of side effects. While it's not as effective as Zoloft, I value my sex life.
With Wellbutrin, I function reasonably well.
I'd gone off meds to try to get pregnant for a little less than a year, and last month it became apparent that I was no longer functioning well, and it was starting to seem like maybe I was too old to get pregnant. I decided to go back on Wellbutrin. Of course I promptly got pregnant.
Dr. Google has turned up some reasonably reliable looking information about autism and Wellbutrin, as well as some information about ADHD and Wellbutrin, and some scary looking information about other anti-depressant options. It's very difficult to look at these and think that I would be comfortable taking this or anything else for the duration of a pregnancy.
I cannot imagine how I could survive the hormonal shitstorm of a pregnancy without taking meds. I'd like to know, if you managed to do this, specifically how you managed to make this survivable, or if you had to do something similar--get through a period without medication--how you managed to do it without damaging your relationships or professional life. Yoga? Meditation? What helped? What can I do to make this not a nightmare for myself, my partner, my existing child, my potential child, my dog, and innocent passers-by? (I already do daily cardio and eat reasonably well; that won't be stopping.)
Again, I don't remotely think you're my doctor, I just want advice and to know how others managed this situation. I'm seeing my doctor on Thursday, and his feelings are in line with mine: it would be preferable to go off these meds. I am waiting until we get a heartbeat to make a final decision.
I would appreciate this parenting/pregnancy thread being a finger-waggling free zone.