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Old Apr 25th, 2017, 20:38 PM   11
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Hi Lar - I am the same as you. I suffer from bipolar depression and have had many "peaks" and "valleys" throughout my life.

I would recommend what some of the other ladies have said, and fill your day with positive things you do for yourself. For example, my outlet is working out. I found that if I do not work out regularly i can sink into a depression. The same with food. If i do not maintain a healthy diet I also slip into a spiral.

It took over a year to get my "cocktail" right once I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder (2 years ago), lots of different medications, increased dosage etc. but finally found the right "cocktail" combined with a great therapist and nutritionist that I see weekly to help me through everyday life. I also have a great support system with my family and DH.

I also am 33, and had two rounds of clomid/Ovidril shot/IUI. I was taking my medication during the entire TTC time, and had the outlook that if it was meant to be it would happen. And if it didn't happen during a cycle, that just means more time with my DH before LO comes.

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Old Apr 25th, 2017, 22:20 PM   12
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Hi TTC. Congrats on your pregnancy! Thanks for sharing your story. Did you stop taking your medication when you became pregnant? I always thought I would never take psych meds while I was pregnant, but my doctor recently said it is "not possible" for me to stop taking my meds now. Of course it is possible, but I think what she meant is that it is "not possible" as in "not possible" for me to function without them them. And if you put it that way, I have to say I tend to agree. I hate admitting that, but all I have to go by are my own experiences. I agree that thinking positively and changing lifestyle habits and environment can go a very long way, but you have to be well enough to do those things to begin with and that's where the medication comes in handy. Can those things completely replace medication? I think the answer, for some people, is no. I struggle with that a lot because I wish I could control this thing on my own. But if you think about it like another illness, like HIV, you wouldn't expect someone to control it without medical treatment, and I think it can be the same with mental illness. I know it's different for everyone though. There are numerous stories of people with serious mental illness who successfully came off of meds. I am still holding out hope that maybe one day I will be one of those people.



 
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Old Apr 26th, 2017, 11:47 AM   13
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I agree LAR, I am one of those people that cannot function without my meds and it took me a long time to come to terms with this too. I went off of them one time because I thought I could handle it and didn't want to take medication anymore. And that was just so horrible, I never want to go to back to that place again. Now I know, I can NEVER be without my medication and you know what there are a lot of people that are the same way, they need to take there meds, it is just no one seems to talk about it for some reason.

As for pregnancy, I decided that I wanted to try it without medication. So, I have been off my meds all pregnancy. My backup plan, as I have been regularly monitored, was that if I was slipping into a depression, I would go back on the meds in the 2nd tri and go off them in the 3rd tri. But so far so good. Also, my doctor told me that when you are pregnant, your body produces a natural anti-depressant that would mimic the effect of the medication. I will not say I haven't had crying episodes, but that can be attributed to hormones but I am able to come out of the episode instead of spiral down. I can't really explain it, but I do feel really "at ease" and "calm."

I will not be breastfeeding, however, and that is a conscious choice I made because as soon as that baby comes out I will be popping my pills. No point it risking my well being for something like this as I need to take care of myself too once baby comes.



 
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Old Apr 27th, 2017, 21:45 PM   14
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TTC, that is really incredible what you have been able to do! It sounds like you have developed some great strategies and a great support system to help yourself with your wellness. I'm a little confused because you said you can't function without the meds and can't be without them, but that you aren't taking them now and doing okay. I guess what you are saying is that you are feeling the natural anti-depressant effect of pregnancy that your doctor talked about? In any case, I am glad it is working out for you; it sounds like you're in a very good place considering what you're up against.

It's so interesting to me how varied different doctors' opinions are. My doctor tells me about the potentially negative impact of taking psychiatric medication while pregnant. But she also tells me about the negative impact that depression has on the fetus, and she says that the effects of severe depression on a developing fetus can be just as bad or worse than taking certain meds, so either way there are risks. She even tells me that breastfeeding on certain psych meds is relatively safe and she recommends it.



 
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Old May 1st, 2017, 14:39 PM   15
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Hi LAR - I wanted to add that Depression is linked with thyroid issues. They are inter-related. I know you posted in another thread, so just wanted to share.

Yes, you are correct. I am feeling the anti-depressant effect of pregnancy that my doctor has explained to me. My intention during pregnancy is to go off the meds and be regularly monitored and if I felt like I was slipping into a depression, I would go back on them in the 2nd trimester. I will be starting them as soon as I give birth, hence, no BF'ing for me.

I am sure every doctor is different and has different ways of doing things, this was just the recommendation for me and it seems to be working.

But I will say, I am keeping to my routine (as much as I am able) as if I wasn't pregnant. I am working out 3-4 times a week, I eat as healthy as I can (still give into cravings!) and I give myself a some slack with feeling guilty about food or not working out. So, I think that has helped tremendously.

Hope you are feeling better this week. Keep chugging along!



 
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Old May 2nd, 2017, 07:15 AM   16
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hi ttc. yes, i was reading about the connection between hypothyroidism and depression. My depression was diagnosed 15 years before my hashimoto's so I can't really say my thyroid caused my depression, at least not in the past. It could be a contributing factor now. I am so glad things are working out for you. I am trying to become more disciplined with diet and exercise but nervous about the change. Maybe if I make a drastic enough change I will have success conceiving, and maybe even go off my meds when I become pregnant. We'll see....



 
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Old May 2nd, 2017, 12:41 PM   17
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Just take it one day at a time, you can do it!



 
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Old May 2nd, 2017, 16:27 PM   18
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Thanks! Those cravings are rough! And I am not even pregnant yet.



 
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Old May 8th, 2017, 15:29 PM   19
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My partner suffers from depression and he was on anti depressants when we started trying. We realised in February that anti depressants could be affecting our chances of conceiving so he stopped taking them around 2nd Febuary and we fell pregnant 2 cycles later after trying for 5 months.

I also suffer from depression but it's undiagnosed, not being able to conceive was pushing me to the edge and i asked my doctor to prescribe me anti depressants but he said that could also affect my chances of falling pregnant.

Have you explained to your doctor that your trying to conceive? They might be able to change your medication to something that else I know SSLRs are pretty bad if your trying to get pregnant



 
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