My beautiful kids are nearing the ages of 5 & 3 so the desire to add a third baby to our family is one my husband and I both share. Here's the thing that's holding me back--I have struggled with depression for more than 10 years and 4 months ago finally started taking an antidepressant. I've also started seeing a therapist and can't begin to explain how wonderfully balanced and happy I now feel. Before antideppresants I was a crazy person who fluctuated between deep, dark lows and anxiety that kept me awake almost every night. Being a mother is a tough job, but being a mother while trying to manage emotional instability is completely overwhelming. My husband & children have been reaping the benefits of the "new" mommy and I'm so glad I shoved my pride aside and sought medical help. I know that I will need to get off my antidepressants (I am taking 20mg of Celexa) before I get pregnant, but I've heard the withdrawal is horrible. I plan on breastfeeding (I breast fed my daughter for 18 months and my son for 2 years) and I know there are antidepressants that can be prescribed while breastfeeding.
Has anyone out there had to kick their antidepressant for pregnancy? How bad was it? I will do anything for the sake of my child's health, but I have learned that my health is just as important. I feel like taking my little happy pill every night does as much good for my kids as making sure they eat their fruits & vegetables. Thanks for listening!