Pregnancy and coming off my Antidepressants Effexor

I’ve been taking 375mg of effexor for quite a few years. But because effexor causes deformitys in babies Ive been advised I must come off the medication. I’ve been working with my psychiatrist to come off. I was taking 75mg last week and I was fine. But I moved down to two dosages of 37.5 MG twice a day and it’s kicking my butt. I’m getting depressed and I almost started crying at work yesterday. This is very difficult. Not to mention I’ve stopped vaping weed, stopped energy shots and limited my caffeine usage. Every crutch I have is being taken away. Im struggling and not to mention having a belly that is constantly stretching and throwing up once a day doesn’t nessarily help. I never thought being pregnant would be so difficult and exhausting.

Has anyone else out there had to come off their antidepressants due to pregnancy?? How did you cope??? I’m trying so hard. But I’m so afraid. I struggle with so many disorders and depression has been one of the leading ones.

Any advise would be loved.

Published by Jeannette_PTSD

Hi, My name is Jeannette I'm 32. I'm diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, Adhd, Panic Attacks, Bipolar2, PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder. Im here to help others understand what life like now with these disorders they have.

2 thoughts on “Pregnancy and coming off my Antidepressants Effexor

  1. Thank you for sharing!… the only advice I can truthfully give you is follow the advice of Roy Bennett which I do daily; “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ― (Roy T. Bennett ).. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)


  2. It’s funny you mention effexor. I came off that shortly before I got pregnant. I stayed off antidepressants while pregnant but went back on as soon as feasible and watched closely for signs of post partum.

    I used marijuana too, for my neuroses and I didn’t fully stop during pregnancy. I slowed down but I didn’t stop. I felt really guilty.

    Luckily, my GP was an awesome man, a total pragmatist, who pointed out nothing would go well if I couldn’t go well.

    I found being in water helped me. In the bath or in the pool. Took off the body strain, let me relax. Except for hot springs – it’s not the heat – the mineral water is heavy and added to the pregnancy, it’s hard to breathe.

    Also, I found having juicy and tart fruit around helped with the nausea. So did popsicles and freezies. The more I could keep the nausea at bay, the easier it was to keep my mood level. Chronic nausea will kick your ass.


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