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How can I deal with my depression in pregnancy without taking any medications?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
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Dr. Timothy Gorski
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Timothy Gorski
Dr. Timothy Gorski
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Dr. Serena Chen
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Serena Chen
Dr. Serena Chen
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