Hello. I am 8 weeks pregnant. Up until 2 weeks ago I’d been taking the anti depressant Sertraline (100mg) every day since I was 21 (I am 24 now). All doctors I’d spoken to had advised I stayed on it although I did have my own concerns about potential risks. Two weeks ago I spoke to a doctor who told me to stop taking the medication immediately as any medication should only be taken in a life or death scenario. I asked him if I would have already caused damage to my baby and he said he couldn’t say we’d have to wait and see which made me feel sick. Stupidly, I listened despite never having that advice before from any other doctor/medical professional. First week off them I was fine but the second week my mental health got extremely severe. I was having multiple panic attacks every day, reaching extreme levels of anger/upset/stress and began to have bad paranoid thoughts. It’s the weekend and I couldn’t wait any longer to find a solution and my partner wanted me to start the tablets again. My fear was that starting them again would now be a shock to my system and cause miscarriage. His point was that we can’t carry on with how I was and there was no other choice. Anyway I’ve halved the tablets so started on 50mg. I have an appointment with my Midwife on Monday so will be able to tell her all of this.
My main concerns now are whether all the above stress and panic could have caused any damage or miscarriage. I am so scared of miscarrying. I had an early scan a week ago and heard the heartbeat and everything was fine. Now I am scared all that panic could have caused damage.
Can anyone put my mind at rest before Monday please? Sorry for the long rambling rant I just needed to get it out.