Depression During Pregnancy – What Would You Do If You Knew

If you knew, or suspected, that anti depression meds could cause serious breathing or cardiac malformation in your growing fetus, would you take a psychiatric medication or stimulant?

If you knew, or suspected, that the research supporting use of mood-altering drugs as a palliative for pregnancy depression reflected biased scientists “in the pocket” of the very drug companies profiting from these medications, then would you take it?

How much more of an emotional roller-coaster is considered enough when considering female hormone issues? If the wild mood swings of month-in-month-out PMS are not enough, then add pregnancy depression to the mix.

It’s not easy being a woman. Since post puberty you’ve been bombarded with messages about “female hormones” issues. PMS incites especially dramatic mood shifts in younger women. Other medications interfere with ovulation. Birth control meds throw in another bio-chemical hammer.

Getting pregnant? This special time in a woman’s life time actually drags along the full cast and dance troupe of possible emotions, with pregnancy depression and associated fears and anxiety topping the list of “bad visitors”.

What’s Creating Depression In Pregnancy? Common theory has held that pregnancy creates a wholly new “hormonal mix” that typically “protects” women during pregnancy. However, a number of women are “falling through the cracks” and don’t conform to this theory. So, what’s contributing to depression in pregnancy? Usual suspects include hormones, stress, health, money matters, kids and husbands, a recent period of infertility.

How Do You Spot Pregnancy Depression? You know the feeling. You feel increasingly helpless, as though you don’t matter. Nothing seems to matter. Sleep is difficult. You’re irritable, quick to temper and equally quick to cry. Energy levels catapult from high to low, and you’re permanently restless. Food and diet just don’t make sense, no matter what anyone suggests. And then the darkest thoughts begin to trickle towards the front of your mind… hurting your baby… even hurting yourself and suicidal tendencies.

What About Women Already Taking Anti Depression Medication Before Pregnancy? Mixed signals emerge from the scientific community regarding depression pregnancy and its relationship to pre-existing use of anti depression medications like valium, xanax, prozac and others in the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These designer drugs interfere with your brain’s neural chemistry, targeting specific synapses, and altering signals. Result? Your brain functions differently, and your mood is altered.

* Risk To Baby. The “person” perhaps most vulnerable to psychiatric meds is the unborn fetus. Risks to the pregnant mom’s baby include potentially fatal breathing disorders, seizures, risk of cardiac malformation and more.

Think for a moment as though you’re newly pregnant, feeling low and then you hear from your physician that you should take pregnancy depression medications that would result in a 600% increase in pulmonary breathing hypertension for your child… would you take the drug?

Understanding Warning Labels, Risks For First Second Third Trimester. If you’re pregnant and if you’re beginning to read “warning labels” on anti depression meds, then you need to step back slowly and ask yourself whether this makes sense. You’ll see advice and statistical risk percentages for each of the trimester periods of your pregnancy… but how do you “personalize” those data into a meaningful decision? If you can’t explain a drug-taking decision, then you ought to re-consider taking that med.

Mothers Relapsing When Stopping Anti Depression Meds. TV ads campaigned with claims that “Moms… you’ll relapse unless you continue your medications according to latest research findings”. Yet, the “thought” scientific community of allegedly objective academic scientists responsible for the research findings turns out to have significant conflict-of-interest issues, since many of the researchers are paid consultants to the very drug companies manufacturing the anti depression medications as reported in mid 2006.

Safe and Unsafe Acne Drugs During Pregnancy

If you have acne during pregnancy, it is important to pay attention to the drugs you consume, specially if you are breastfeeding, because a lot of it will reach your baby. Normally, it is best to simply avoid all unnecessary drugs but if you must, the best option to treat acne during pregnancy is to only use the following topical treatments and avoid all oral treatments.

The topical acne treatments that may be safe during pregnancy because they have never been shown to cause harm to a fetus in the long time that they have been used are:

* The antibiotic erythromycin based products.

* Benzamycin Gel that contains erythromycin and benzoyl peroxide. Many benzoyl peroxide based products have been used over the counter for years without without any problems. However, you should be careful because it is not know if it passes into maternal milk.

* Azelaic acid which is a natural chemical contained in the Azelex and Finevin prescription products. Azelaic acid should be used with caution if you are breastfeeding because it may passed to the baby. The FDA classifies it as a pregnancy class B drug which means that while animal studies have not shown any harm to result to fetuses, there are no human studies to prove or disprove this finding.

Some topical treatments are considered to be possibly harmful to the baby by the FDA. These include Aczone Gel which may be safe when applied topically but is known to pass into mothers milk if taken orally, clindamycin based prescription products which also pass into human milk and are best avoided, and topical retinoids which cah reach the fetus.

Oral acne treatments should generally be avoided when you are pregnant as already stated but the following should definitely be avoided when you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant as they have been shown to cause severe birth defects:

* Anti-androgen hormones which interfere with testosterone production and affect the normal development of male babies.

* Oral Isotrentinoin has been known to cause birth defects and is associated with miscarriage, premature births and infant death.

* Tetracycline along with minocycline and doxycycline may cause birth defects by interfering with bone growth.

You should check your prescription medicines to make sure these drugs are not contained in them. If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you should talk to your doctor about your options with acne treatments and weigh the risks before you decide on a course of treatment.