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My name is Trisha. Im a 25 year old wife and mother. I got P.O.T.S after the birth of my second daughter. That was over 3 years ago. Ever since my diagnosis I have been on Zoloft which has been such a God send and gotten rid of the brain disorientation and also the dizzyness. Well now I am pregnant with my 3rd child and dr. have taken me off all meds. BOy this really ***** having POTS and I cant take anything for fear it will harm my unborn baby. Anyone been pregnant and have POTS and found anything that helps?????

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Hello and welcome!

I also developed POTS during pregnancy. I know how hard it is to be both pregnant and POTS-y. My specialist told me that if I were to attempt another pregnancy he would want me off the SSRI and the beta blocker. However, my ob-gyn said that some SSRIs are considered safe to take during pregnancy. There will be side-effects for the child at birth however, as they go off the SSRI they will be irritable, anxious, etc. (This according to my ob-gyn). You may want to get another opinion. Depending on how debilitating your symptoms are, you and your doctor may chose to use medication during your pregnancy--even though it would be ideal not to.

Katherine

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Hi,

Welcome aboard. Congradulation for your pregnancy.

I am not talking about personal experience for the pregnancy but I know that if you drink a lot of water with salt (ie Gatorade), it will help. You can also wear compression stockings.

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Thank you for the info. I have begged my OB/gyn and also my dr. about all this and they all refuse to let me back on any drugs do to this baby being such a suprise and I do have lots of metal implants in my leg and arm and other injuries from the crash so they dont want to harm the baby! but thanks for the info!

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Welcome! I wish I could give you more advice, but I guess the best thing to do is listen to your doctors. I developed POTS during my pregnancy, which is one of the reasons I only have 1 child(wanted more but couldn't deal with symptoms). I wasn't lucky enough to be diagnosed during my pregnancy, but had to wait almost a year after my daughter's birth for any answers. My daughter is now 7, and this year I have just started seeing a specialist and getting the proper treatment.

Good luck with the pregnancy, and keep us updated on your progress. I'm def. curious as to how well you will do with a 2nd pregnancy, as I always wanted another baby but have waited because of POTS. Keep a positive attitude. I'm sure there are others here that can relate more to your situation, as there are some who have had pregancies after being diagnosed.

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Thank you for the kind words. I will definately keep everyone posted on pregnancy and POTS. I was diagnosed with POTS after the birth of my second child. Wierd I didnt get it after my first. so this will be our 3rd child but first pregnancy with pots. So far I really shouldnt complain. Yes I get dizzy and life is harder. I do need to change my schedule and ways I do things now but in the end its worth it. Its only 6 more months of this then I can go back on Zoloft and be fine again. And in the end I have such a HUGE blessing of a baby. My advice to you is dont let POTS stop you from wanting more children. Talk with your dr and get a game plan started. My dr. have been great about it. My hubby and I didnt think we could get pregnant again due to different reaons so we didnt have anything planned but things are coming together. and my hubby is such a great support. When I have bad days he is right there to help with our 5 year old daughter and let me sleep or lay down. And he is really helping with house stuff and just being such a great hubby. Pregnancy with POTS is do-able its just I need to keep my focus off the pain and other symptoms and put it back on the baby.

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Hello Trisha! Welcome to the forum! I'm glad you found us. :-)

I have one child and I had POTS before becoming pregnant. I went off of all meds during my pregnancy. I found that I actually felt better while pregnant especially once I hit the second trimester. It's amazing what a 50% increase in blood volume did for me!

There are some non-medicinal treatments you can do while pregnant. These include compression stockings (generally 30-40mmMg compression), salt, water, Gatorade, avoiding trigger foods, exercise, rest, and a good vitamin. For more ideas you can check out the "What Helps" page at: http://www.dinet.org/what_helps.htm

I hope that your pregnancy goes well. Congratulations! Take care of yourself (and your baby!).

Rachel

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Congrads on your pregnancy! You seem like a very strong woman so I'm sure you'll make it through. It sounds like you have a wonderful family as well.

I don't have any advice to give as I've yet to have any children, but it's reassuring to hear both from you and the other women that have chimed in support that it is do-able. I'm still young, so I don't plan on children for several more years, but I'm in a very serious relationship so it's been something on our minds as we watch friends and family have children.

Keep us updated and best of luck.

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Hello Trisha! Welcome to the forum! I'm glad you found us. :-)

I am sorry I do not have suggestions for your pregnancy but you had some good advices on other previous posts and I wanted to welcome you.

Keep around and post your updates.

And congratulations on your pregnancy!

Love,

Tessa

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Welcome!

I too am rather new here, and have found it to be a great help getting to talk with other people about dealing with life as a POTS patient, or other forms of dysautonomia.

I dont however have any help for you on dealing with pregnancy since i am only 15, but best of luck to you!!

Once again welcome, we are very glad to have you here with us!!

Mary

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