High Blood Pressure and Depression with pregnancy...

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Registered: 08-07-2011
High Blood Pressure and Depression with pregnancy...
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Fri, 09-16-2011 - 10:40pm

So I know you're out there - someone who's wondering the same things as me or someone who maybe has the answers...

I wanted some input on two things:

1. I prefer not to go into too much detail; but long story short I have a congenital heart defect and high blood pressure. My doctor says I'll be fine to carry a pregnancy but obviously will need to be closely monitored.

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Registered: 04-29-2006
I haven't been there, but just wondering as far as the antidepressants (which I have taken - but not been PG!) is there a safer one than the one you're taking that you could switch to?

Just checked out this link:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antidepressants/DN00007
And Wellbutrin is the only one with no established risks; is that what you're taking? If it were me I would probably stay on it in that case. Battling depression during pregnancy sounds like a really bad idea. Even though the Mayo Clinic at that link says pregnancy doesn't make depression worse, I find that hard to believe with all the hormones involved.
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Registered: 08-07-2011

Wellbutrin is what I am taking but it still scares me. I know without a doubt that I will have to take blood pressure medication while pregnant so adding more and more medications to the mix just worries me (even if the doc's say its ok).

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Registered: 04-17-2009
I am not an expert, so I don't have much advice but I hope your doctor could perhaps find an anti-depressant that is proven not to endanger PG. That could ease your mind! Good luck and keep us posted!

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Registered: 09-22-2001

Here's the thing with your conditions - it is FAR BETTER to treat them than to leave them untreated.

Jules - Happily married and Momma to DS, DD and expecting our Caboose Baby 11/24/2012


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Registered: 11-13-2008
Hi munchkiin1621, welcome to the board! I just wanted to let you know that we have a Postpartum & Pregnancy Depression board: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Postpartum-Pregnancy-Depression/ct-p/iv-ppppd

The members on there could tell you about their experiences with depression while being pregnant.