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Lexapro and pregnancy (35 weeks)

Posted by mombear on July 8, 2003, at 19:30:44


I am brand new to psycho-babble, and I am looking for information/support as to how to make a decision...

I am a 35 year old mother of a 3 year old beautiful boy. After his birth I had severe post-partum depression and was prescribed Luvox (I bottle fed). I got off the Luvox in July of 2002, and became pregnant January, 2003. I visited my physician today to see about hopefully warding off/lessening any post-partum depression that may occur this time around. He suggested I start taking Lexapro in my 35th week (or maybe a week or two later, depending on if I looked like I might deliver early - first baby was early). He said that, given the severity of my PPD last time, and that the baby would be in the last trimester, the benefits outweighed the risks.
I would like to be in a better frame of mind for this baby than I was able to be for my first, but I don't want to cause any long lasting problems for him!
Has anyone taken Lexapro during their pregnancies? Any thoughts or other things I should ask my doctor? I understand that Lexapro has NOT been clinically studied in pregnant patients, and that mothers who are taking it should not breast feed. However, I cannot find any info on side effects for infants exposed to it in utero.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my question!




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