Tuesday, June 12, 2007

baby fever

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More and more I'm thinking about when I think we should start trying to get pregnant. C finishes barber school in March 2008. I'd like to have some time to save money before we become parents, but I'm thrilled to know starting a family is becoming a real possibility.

My one huge remaining concern is the anti-depressant issue. I cannot imagine doing well if I go off it, but I don't know that I feel comfortable staying on it during pregnancy. It's a big dilemma for me.

However, I know there are lots of anti-depressant options out there and at least a few that are considered safer than others for use during pregnancy. My current medication is not on that list, but I am willing to give others a try when we get closer to D Day. I recently switched from Lexapro to Celexa because the latter has a generic available, but both of these are category C drugs. This means not enough is known about the effects of these drugs on a developing fetus and that they should only be taken if the benefits outweigh the risks. I am hopeful I will be able to find a good fit with a less risky drug. If I can't, I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

As is true with most difficult health-related decisions, if you're facing this dilemma, you should discuss your questions and concerns as openly and honestly as possible with your doctor.

Some good sources of information on this topic:
Safe Fetus
Antidepressants: Are they safe during pregnancy?
Antidepressants and Pregnancy
Pregnancy Antidepressants: Baby Risk

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