A 27-year-old member asked:
how can i deal with my depression in pregnancy without taking any medications?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Serena Chen answered
33 years experience Fertility Medicine
Don't go it alone!: Just because you are pregnant, does not mean you do not deserve medical treatment. Pregnancy, especially post partum, can be a very dangerous time, with high rates of worsening of depression, in women with this diagnosis. Talk w/ your doctor and your therapist about your meds. Not everyone should stop meds during pregnancy. For some women, staying on meds may be better for you and your baby.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Timothy Gorski answered
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Try it and see: The evidence shows that for mild-moderate depression, psychotherapy works as good as medication but it tkes longer. Exercise and social support (friends, relatives, unless they're dysfunctional!) can also help. If you are pretty far along the risks of medication are minimal and can help a lot if you are not managing well with these measures.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Lillian Schapiro answered
30 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stay Safe: If you are depressed, make sure you have a therapist and hopefully also a psychiatrist. You may be able to handle your depression with therapy, exercise and a healthy diet, but it is important to have support around you. Depression can be as serious and as deadly as heart disease and you need to make sure you have the right team.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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