amberjc11MemberDecember 13, 2015 at 6:23 pmPost count: 1
A little backstory–I have had severe ADHD (my entire life) but only had been properly diagnosed and put on Vyvanse about 5 years ago. I was put on a dose of 70 MG. It drastically changed my life. It was like getting glasses and being able to see leaves on a tree. On top of this–I have severe Anxiety issues and have been on Klonopin 2 MG for the same amount of years.
I became pregnant with my first child in September of last year. I completely stopped ALL meds thinking it would be in the best interest of my growing baby-not knowing anything about the adverse effects (if any at all). I have to say–it was the worst 9 months of my life. I was a complete and utter MESS. I was so lethargic, I didn’t want to move from bed. I lost my job due to my complete inability to focus or think, I sank into a deep depression and it was just better to “stay asleep” than be awake and have to deal with the turmoil inside of my brain. It was shut off.. I was shut off….. I was not ME anymore. It was hard to exist.
I had my baby in May of 2015 and it turns out I am pregnant again. I feel like an awful person, not giddy or happy; But completely distraught that I would have to endure the following several months in the agonizing state it left me not being on my proper medication. I FINALLY got back on my Meds and was able to care for my new baby and two stepchildren and felt alert, positive and happy to feel NORMAL again.
Is there anyone who took their ADD/Anxiety Meds while pregnant? Is there anyone out there that had the same feelings?
Can someone share their experience if they have dealt with this? I do NOT want to harm my child, however, I do NOT want my entire life and psyche to deteriorate around me like before. Any responses on taking their ADD medication while pregnant, any information you might want to share, etc. would be MOST appreciated. TIA!wiredonjavaParticipantDecember 17, 2015 at 6:37 amPost count: 75
First of all, Amber, I am sorry you are going through this dilemma, however, congratulations that you are having a baby 🙂 A doctor would be the best to ask and then another opinion would be good, maybe from a pharmacist. There’s a certain amount of risk always even when they said don’t know for sure or say there is little or no harm. From what I hear, when a mother is on antidepressants, for instance, the fact that she is suicidal is probably riskier to her and unborn child, so I hear the medical field will often say stay on your meds for the pregnancy, which makes sense to me -one risk outweighs the other risk. It’s sad though if your family cannot support you more right now if you asked them for help. It’s hard to communicate a need, I understand, but if they did pick up the slack around you for the time being, so that you could avoid your meds for the duration of your pregnancy, would that seem like an ideal solution for you? It’s your decision. Just please find a good doctor to advise you and best wishes for you and your family!
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