If you are planning a pregnancy or become pregnant while you are taking antidepressants, you need to talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of staying on or coming off your antidepressant medication.
The decision about whether to take antidepressants while you are pregnant depends a lot on how severe your symptoms are. Together with your doctor, you can compare the risks of taking the medicine with the risks of living with and managing your symptoms.
If you are taking antidepressants and are planning to become pregnant, some options are to:
- continue with your antidepressant if it is safe to take it during pregnancy
- switch to an antidepressant that is safer in pregnancy
- try a slow, gradual withdrawal of the antidepressant with the help of your doctor.
If coming off antidepressants is not possible at the moment, you may want to think about delaying the pregnancy until you no longer need treatment.