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Parenting and Mental Health
Medication and pregnancy/breastfeeding 
9th-Feb-2008 01:53 pm
Medication can interfere with the healthy development of the fetus and be expressed in breast milk. Some people choose to go off their medication in order to safeguard their child. Other people stay on their medication for their own sake, knowing the risks.

Did you take medication during and/or after your pregnancy? If you do/did not take medication during pregnancy or post-childbirth, what effect did that have on your mental health? If you take (or plan to take) medicine post-childbirth, was your child born healthy? Do you breastfeed,  formula-feed, or some combination of the two?
9th-Feb-2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm due the end of March but as soon as I found out I was pregnant I stopped all medications, stopped drinking alcohol, stopped drinking caffeine and I rarely even take a tylenol (although it's suppose to be safe). I plan on breastfeeding for at least a year so I won't be going back on any meds any time soon. So far I am ok. I think the idea of finally having a baby (I'm 32 and thought I couldn't have children...which added to my depression as I thought of myself as "broken" and not a whole woman for a long time) to take care of and love has helped me deal with the depressing parts of my life. I feel like I finally have a purpose.
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