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ADHD and pregnacy
amylynmcgill82 posted:
I have been suffering from ADHD since the age of10. Behavioral therapy and the right medication and dose have made my symptoms quite manageable. I am now 31 and I still suffer but over the years, therapy and medication adjustments have made the disease all but disappear. Until recently. I made the joyous discovery that I am expecting my first child. My doctor immediately took me off my ADHD med because it can be potentially harmful tomy unborn baby. I was taking 40 mg adderall xr every am supplemented by a 30 mg adderall immediate release tablet in the afternoon. For years this combination worked like a charm. Since I have come off my meds, the changes have been drastic. I feel like I have reverted back to my childhood ways. It is affecting almost every aspect of my life, especially my work. I am a nurse, and that requires my full concentration which, without my meds, is impossible. I have already been reprimanded by my supervisor for making stupid mistakes. My number 1 priority is the health and safety of my baby, but I was wonderin if there is anyone out there who has been through this n has any advice to offer. I tried talking to my doctor, but it seems like she is not taking my concerns seriously.
brantacanadensis responded:
Hi there,
I feel your pain! I know that ADHD symptoms can seriously impact work and home life. I have only been diagnozed with ADHD for 3 years, but am amazed at how much the correct medication can help (in my case, 40 mg Vyvanse). I am currently 20 weeks pregnant and decided - with my psychiatrist's and doctor's support, I might add, - to continue to take medications while pregnant. It is scary in a way, because yes, anything I take impacts my baby. However, there is research to suggest that therapeutic doses of stimulant medication are not harmful. Also consider that the stress and (in my case depression/anx.) caused by not managing ADHD symptoms can be worse for your baby's health than simply taking meds. Motherisk at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children has a great round-up of the medical literature on the subject (
Even if you don't take meds, it also might help to see if there is a doctor you can talk to who it feels like takes your concerns seriously! I wish you all the best - you're not alone!

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