My Dr. knows I am breastfeeding and wanting to conceive and still prescribed it. I have found very little information including Hale and Kellymom. I have had lifelong bouts of depression (dysthymia) and it has returned 18 mos postpartum. I have been using 5HTP (100mg) and GABA (550mg) + L-theanine (200mg) to manage anxiety and low grade depression. I did have a serotonin toxicity reaction to zoloft. Could this be a concern with deplin?
Deplin is methyl folate (folic acid) for treating deficiency. It seems that some depression is associated with decreased folate levels. L-methylfolate has not been assigned to a pregnany drug category because of lack of clinical studies. There is the following for a similar product:
L-methylfolate 1 mg (marketed as Zervalx) is indicated for the distinct nutritional requirements of preconception and pregnant women who require increased folate concentrations, in the plasma and/or red blood cells (RBC), regardless of MTHFR C677T polymorphism genotype, with particular emphasis, for preconception and pregnant women over 35 years of age, and/or women who are associated with intermediate to higher risk pregnancies and/or who have preconception hyperhomocysteinemia. Zervalx can be used prior to conception, throughout pregnancy, the postnatal period or while taking oral contraceptives to improve nutritional folate concentrations.
Folic acid (folate) is commonly given to woman before and during pregnancy to reduce the risk of certain birth defects. It really is a matter of the benefits out weighing the risks and I believe, though I am not a doctor, that you are fine and need to trust the doctor on this one. Have you had the blood work done to establish a folate deficiency?
Not only is it safe. It is recommened to increase your folic acid intake before conceiving. Taking folic acid decreases the chance of your baby being born with a neuroul tubal birth defect It needs to build up in your system a bit so taking it now would be a great idea. It is also safe for the child your currently breast feeding. If your having questions though, I would contact your doc. just to double check. Happy conceiving! ;-)
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