(It goes without saying, but it’s too important not to say it: I’m not a doctor and please do not consider this medical advice. This is solely from my experience. Please seek the support of your Doctor if you are considering going on medication.)
Happy Tuesday, sweet friends! First, I need to THANK YOU all for your support on our announcement in yesterday’s post! We could not be more excited for our future in our new home.
OK. Let’s get to it. I’ve been getting this question a lot, and I wanted to share the answer on here so anyone who is in need can easily find it…
If you’ve been around here for a few years, you know that I went on Zoloft about a year and a half after the birth of my first daughter. I struggled with Postpartum Anxiety when she was about 5 months old, and while I had it under control and was doing all I could to combat it, that damn anxiety reared its ugly head again shortly after I had a chemical pregnancy.
I was done battling. I wanted my life back, so I decided to get help. It was a big step for me, and one I didn’t take lightly. (You can read more about it here.)
It was also, hands down, the best decision of my life. It helped me avoid Postpartum Anxiety after my second pregnancy. (Read more about that here.)
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I was on Zoloft throughout my entire second pregnancy. I had reservations, but the benefit of staying on it FAR outweighed the very minimal risk.
Sure, early in my pregnancy I had way too many late nights of Googling “Zoloft and pregnancy,” reading other’s accounts of their experience of being on Zoloft while pregnant. I was still nervous and unsure about taking any medicine during pregnancy. But, I was more terrified of what was on the other side if I stopped.
So, I did what was best for me. I stopped Googling and I took comfort in knowing that I am a better mom when I’m on something t to help my anxiety. And if it was better for me, it was better for the baby inside of me.
All along, and this is CRUCIAL, I had the support of my doctor. I shared my experience after my first baby, and that I was on Zoloft when I had gotten pregnant.
She didn’t bat an eye. She assured me that my well-being was the most important thing – for me AND for my baby. And that staying on Zoloft was the thing to do.
I was relieved.
During our Level 2 ultrasound and meeting with the genetic specialist and Dr at 20 weeks, I was told that being on Zoloft was fine. And honest, nothing out of the ordinary. I felt completely supported in my decision and didn’t think much about it after that.
My baby girl was born healthy, thank God, and I continued taking Zoloft into postpartum. I thoroughly enjoyed the newborn phase and soaked it all up.
So now, onto my third pregnancy. Yes, I’m still on Zoloft.
And this time, I don’t think about it at all. Much like working out, getting some sunshine and spending quality time with those I love, Zoloft is just a part of the whole equation of what makes me feel like my best self.
There’s an unfortunate stigma around anti-anxiety meds, especially for pregnant and postpartum mamas. We are doing a HUGE disservice to mamas if we don’t openly talk about how we can thrive in motherhood. My hope is that by talking openly about taking Zoloft, I can help at least ONE mama feel comfortable enough to reach out to her husband, her support system, her doctor and ask for help.
Taking meds does NOT make you weak. It takes strength and courage to ask for help.
A quick note about dosage. Sometimes I get asked about how much I take, and it’s tricky.
I don’t normally like to talk dosage because it’s so different for everyone. Because I rarely take medication, I started on a very low dose and saw great results. I continued on a low dose throughout the pregnancy, and as my due date approached, I started to increase the dose.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions about postpartum anxiety, how I coped and taking Zoloft (or other anti-anxiety/depression meds) during pregnancy.
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