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  • #105810


    Hi all,
    Just reaching out for some collective wisdom here. I’d love to hear others experience with their ADHD symptoms while pregnant. Everything I’ve been able to find has been about the pros and cons of using medication during pregnancy – and nothing beyond that debate. I’m not opposed to medication but haven’t figured out how to make it work for me, but I was making progress using exercise and other strategies to manage my symptoms (inattentive). I’m in the first trimester of my first pregnancy and it is kicking my butt. I can’t focus at all (and have been having a really hard time with executive function). This feels similar to what monthly hormones can do on the worst days, but way way worse. Partly I guess it’s hard to focus and rally the executive function when you’re exhausted and nauseous. Also, I haven’t been able to get much exercise so I’m expecting that makes things worse. Have other folks noticed changes in ADHD symptoms throughout a pregnancy (with or without medication)? Does anyone have any suggestions, ideas, thoughts on how to not completely drop the ball at work, or just a heads up of how symptoms might change throughout? Thanks!

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    Sam k

    I just turned 40 this month and was assessed a few weeks back, I have been referred to an adhd and autism specialist as the assessor thinks I have mild autism too. All my life has been complete and utter hell inside my head. Hormones definitely make me worse, i am pretty sure hormonal changes during adolescence triggered the adhd/asd althoguh I think the problems were there even during childhood.
    I had my first baby age 24, second age 28, the hormonal changes turned me into a zombie, I had the worst post natal depression too.
    Menstruation makes my symptoms worse too, I feel complete and utter despair.
    I am now waiting to speak to a doctor and hopefully can get the right meds, in the past I have taken antideprssants, they don’t work on

    I know it’s going to be difficult as the hormonal changes go in for 9 months plus several months after he baby is born. Look at ways of managing your symptoms, whether you take meds or not is your choice, I personally wouldn’t. Looking back I felt I was never a “complete” mum (I still feel this way, the kids are 15 and 11 now) I didn’t ask for help either from family and they weren’t understanding,they didn’t even see me sinking into depression, I needed practical support for them but just carried on as “normally” as possible.
    You are not alone, I really feel for you and completely understand how you feel x😊

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by  Sam k.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by  Penny Williams.
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    Nope, I don’t have a better experience in such a situation. But I would like to know about this.

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    Sam k

    Oh no I posted a comment here yesterday and had to make an edit, for some reason it’s no longer showing here🤔 moderator pls help.

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      Penny Williams

      It was flagged for approval for some reason, but I’ve approved it.

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

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    I never even thought about what to do about symptoms when pregnant…shows you how my brain was during 3 pregnancies. What do you do for a living? I think the reason that work wasn’t an issue for me was because I was working in positions where I was constantly moving (my first one I was a bookkeeper for a gas station, second I worked in retail, and third I was a preschool teacher). I cannot imagine taking medication while pregnant as I had “morning sickness” (I called it all-day sickness) for my entire pregnancies, not just the first trimester. You will do great no matter what you decide just make sure that the doctor prescribing the medication (if you choose to take it) knows that you are pregnant. Good luck with your pregnancy! You will do great!

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    If you’re pregnant and live with ADHD, things can get complicated quickly. Most of the front-line medications used to treat ADHD in adults. As your body changes throughout your pregnancy, you may notice your ADHD symptoms are heightened.

    Look out for these ADHD symptoms

    1- carelessness and lack of attention to detail
    2- continually starting new tasks before finishing old ones
    3- inability to focus or prioritize
    4- continually losing or misplacing things
    5- forgetfulness
    6- difficulty keeping quiet, and speaking out of turn
    7- mood swings, irritability, and a quick temper
    8- inability to deal with stress
    9- extreme impatience
    10- taking risks in activities, often with little or no regard for personal safety or the safety of others – for example, driving dangerously

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