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Anti-depressants-can they reduce likelihood of PND?
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#1 Anon Anon

Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:37 PM

Posting here as I thought the ladies in this section might know about this.

If you are already on anti-depressants during pregnancy/following the birth, does it reduce your chances of getting post natal depression?

My Dr would like to put me on AD and I am wanting to find out as much as I can before doing so and before I TTC.

#2 fizzy19

Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:45 PM

Hi I was put on lexapro 18 months after having dd for pnd. I then went through 2 pregnancies while still on AD and yes it helped me a lot by reducing PND after birth to nothing more than the odd blues.  Good luck

#3 Anon Anon

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

Thank you so much for your reply

#4 Lifesgood

Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

I had PND after my first baby so went on ADs shortly after having my second, and I didn't get PND.

#5 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

I took ADs during 2 pregnancies to prevent PND spiraling out of control. Worked well. No effects on babies. There are some ADs that are safe to take during pregancy and breastfeeding.

#6 whale-woman

Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:14 PM

Simple answer: yes.

#7 Anon Anon

Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

Thank you all for your replies.

I was concerned that even with AD, the extra hormones from pregnancy/birth would make the depression worse and that the AD might not be enough.

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