Q&A: Can I Take Antidepressants While Pregnant?

We've been trying to get pregnant, so I started cutting back on my Zoloft dose and was doing very well. However, I've starting having relapses, but now that I'm not 100% sure I'm not pregnant, I won't take the Zoloft. Are there any anti-depressants that wouldn't harm a baby?
ByDenise Gershwin, CNM
Midwife Specialist
March 2, 2017
Hero Image

This is a tough decision that many women have to make during pregnancy or while planning a pregnancy. The best advice I can give you is to talk to your health care provider immediately regarding your situation. The risks and benefits of taking any  antidepressant medications need to be weighed carefully for each individual. You should mention that you have been experiencing relapses of your symptoms, so not taking your medication may not be the best option for you even though you may be pregnant. In fact in some situations you may be putting your health in danger.

Often as women our first instinct is to do anything to protect our babies, even suffer through miserable symptoms in order to protect our babies from the possible side effects of medications. However, it is important to consider that your baby needs a mommy that is healthy physically and emotionally. Again, I urge you to contact your healthcare provider today for their advice regarding this and all medications you may be taking.

Related Video

Can You Take Tylenol While Pregnant?

profile picture of Anna Davies
Anna Davies
Contributing Writer
pregnant woman in pajamas sitting on her bed

Taking Tylenol While Pregnant May Increase Risk of ADHD, Study Says

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
folic acid supplement pregnant women should take

Do You Need Folic Acid or Folate? It Depends on Your Genes, Study Says

profile picture of Anisa Arsenault
Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Illustration of a prescription bottle full of pills

Study Takes a Closer Look at What Antibiotics During Pregnancy Mean for Baby

profile picture of Ashley Edwards Walker
Ashley Edwards Walker
Contributing Writer
Pregnant woman holding cigarette

Could Drugs and Alcohol During Pregnancy Become a Crime?

profile picture of Ashley Edwards Walker
Ashley Edwards Walker
Contributing Writer

How to Relieve Headaches Without Medication

profile picture of Maria Kammerer
Maria Kammerer
Certified Nurse-Midwife

Is It Safe to Take Ketoprofen?

profile picture of Christian Hoffman, MD
Christian Hoffman, MD
Article removed.