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Antidepressants During Pregnancy

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If you are taking antidepressants and want to become pregnant, you have several options:

1. You can try to stop your medications before trying to become pregnant. “A woman can talk to her doctor to discuss the reason for her depression,” says
Ann E. Behrend-Uhls, MD, FACOG, obstetrician and gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “She can try therapy, meditation and other methods to improve her depressive state.”

Behrend_Uhls_Ann2. You can switch to Zoloft. “According to retrospective studies, Zoloft has been used during pregnancy with the least amount of complications,” says Behrend-Uhls.

3. You can assess the safety of your current medication. “If a woman is on a medication that has not been proven to be safe during pregnancy, we want to switch her to a safer medication,” says Behrend-Uhls. “It is best that a pregnant woman not be on antidepressants but if it is a necessity, we will switch her to the safest medication possible.”

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