If you’re taking medication such as antidepressants and find out you’re pregnant (or think that you might be) it’s important to talk to your GP as soon as possible. If you’re worried that your medication might hurt your baby, don’t panic and stop taking it, because this could have a negative effect on your mental health. Talk to your GP first.
It’s easy to panic that your medication might hurt your baby and stop taking it, without talking to your GP. This can have a negative effect on your mental health. Your GP can support you to make a decision about your medication that’s right for your health and the health of your baby.
If you’re currently experiencing difficulties with your mental health, or have done in the past, it’s important to talk openly about this with your GP, midwife or health visitor. They can make sure that the right help is in place to support you. You may be offered an assessment by the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Midwifery team to plan your support needs during your pregnancy and for after your baby is born.
It’s also important to talk to a GP if you’re taking medication for your mental health and are hoping to conceive. They can help you to plan, in advance, what medication and emotional support will be right for you during your pregnancy.