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“Dr. Shoshana Bennett is a gifted author, with a talent for delivering crucial information about depression and its treatment in a way that is easy to understand. Her book provides a navigation tool for women with depression to enter motherhood well educated and empowered about what they can do to help themselves and to get the help they need from others.”
―Marlene P. Freeman, MD, Director of the Women’s Mental Health Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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“Dr. Shoshana Bennett is a gifted author, with a talent for delivering crucial information about depression and its treatment in a way that is easy to understand. Her book provides a navigation tool for women with depression to enter motherhood well educated and empowered about what they can do to help themselves and to get the help they need from others.”
—Marlene P. Freeman, MD, Director of the Women’s Mental Health Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 1st edition (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762749407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762749409
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been depressed on and off for years. I have been on prozac on and off as well. When deciding to become pregnant I decided with the help of my Dr. to go off. Within the first trimester I began feeling feelings of doubt, hopelessness, guilt, panic, and any negative emotion you could possibly not want. I was a complete mess.

My Dr. recommended I get back on a small dose of prozac and I refused. Saying it can harm my baby and I can tough it out, and tried alternatives. I did all types of therapy. EMDR, talk therapy, art therapy, acupunture, hypnosis, I attended meditation seminars and went as far that I hired a buddist monk to teach me. Nothing could soothe this internal pain, which I also feared was effecting my baby. By the end of my second trimester I was miserable and didnt know what to do. I did all the research I could on the internet about the effects of SSRI and my baby and untreated depression and anxiety and the fetus. The internet is a wonderful tool but in these dark times when I was plagued with such profound fear and panic and needed help was not one of those times. All of the scary information out there put me into a complete tail spin and I felt lost.

I came across Dr Shosh and her clear sky website and emailed if I could speak to her and sure enough, I did. I ordered her book and read everything there is to know, in an clear cut, matter of fact way. All fact based and trusted. I went on a small dose of prozac and am continuing my pregnancy, with lighter spirits. If it was not for this book I would still be surfing the web about reading misinformation about this, driving myself nuts about whether or not. I am a huge fan of Dr. Shosh because she suffers as well and knows first hand what it was like to suffer from anxiety and depression during her pregnancy. I am grateful to women who share their stories as she does to help women in need like myself, thank you.
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By UT Grad on February 23, 2009
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Dr. Shoshana Bennett's latest book, Pregnant on Prozac, is a godsend to any woman taking psychiatric medications and thinking about pregnancy, pregnant and currently taking medications or pregnant and considering medication. The book is brimming with the latest research on depression and other mood disorders during pregnancy and their effect on the mother and developing fetus. It includes detailed information about what is known about psychiatric medications during pregnancy, as well as possible alternative treatments. The resource section in the back is also incredible! Although it mainly speaks to depression during pregnancy, bipolar disorder is also covered thoroughly. This book is amazing!
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This is the only book of its kind, and I can't recommend it highly enough. There is tragically little good information out there for women who want to become mothers and have been diagnosed with mood disorders. I'm trying to become informed before I plan a pregnancy, and this is the only book I've found that contains real information backed by actual science. I am tired of being talked down to, so it was a huge relief to find that Dr. Bennett cites sources and studies without sounding scary or cold. This book reassured and informed me and my loved ones, too. It will be even more useful when I am actually pregnant!
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It is such a struggle to find good advice about taking antidepressant medications in pregnancy. This book really helped me make a thoughtful and confident decision. I suffered with debilitating postpartum anxiety after having my first baby, and it unexpectedly returned during my second pregnancy. I delayed treatment for weeks as I tried to find an alternative to taking medication, but nothing helped and I continued to suffer. I am so glad I read this book and found the answers I needed to make a good decision.
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I've lost all faith in doctors. No one has been educated on this subject and it's time for a change. If you are lost and feel like you have no one to turn to, this book is for you.

This book is a clear, easy to read guide on what you can do yo help yourself, prenatally and postpartum. I suffered from PPD after the birth of my daughter and I want to avoid it from coming back with my current pregnancy. My first trimester was a nightmare; Insomnia, panic attacks, depression, etc. I raised my dose of Celexa and feel very comfortable doing so, as it's important for my baby to have a calm Mama.

I love you, Dr. Shosh. You are a life saver.
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I have been on and off of meds for over 10 years and am now planning on having a baby. I got this book hoping it would help me to decide if I should be on them or not and was hoping for some alternatives. It gave a few alternatives, but it's the same information you could get from any "stress relaxation" article on the internet. After finishing the book I still have no idea what to do about medication during pregnancy.

The only points I really found in this book:

*If you need to be on meds, go on the meds. Being too anxious or depressed during pregnancy is far worse for your baby than almost any medication.

*If your doctor doesn't believe you need to be on meds, but you know you are too depressed or anxious - find another doctor.

*Just because you are pregnant does not mean that you will be "glowing" and happy all of the time. You may or you may not.

*Find a therapist whether or not you are on meds.

It was very wishy-washy. It basically said: This could happen or that could happen. Nothing new with that statement.
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