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A question for all the ADHD women out there. I have a 4 month old baby. I found during my pregnancy that my ADHD symptoms got much, much worse. After having discussed things with various docs and a pharmacologist, I had decided (with my husbands wholehearted agreement) NOT to stop my meds while I was pregnant. Even so, it felt like I could hardly remember my own name some days!

I find that things are slowly getting better now as my son is sleeping longer and I am not quite as sleep deprived.
My OB suggested that my increase in symptoms may have been related to sleep disturbances during pregnancy. This made sense to me, as I did have to stop taking melatonin while I was pregnant, and melatonin makes a huge difference to my sleep.

Did anyone else experience increases in symptoms when pregnant? If so, please tell me it gets better!


Does it get better?  It will when all of the changes caused by pregnancy are able to get back to normal.  Has the OB checked your Thyroid function?  Some women experience a serious Thyroid change following pregnancy for quite awhile.  Sometimes replacement hormone is needed.

Changes in sleep can really turn things upside down, too.  Lack of sleep is only one of them.  Your routines have changed; your stress levels are all over the place.  You may not even be aware of the stress of having a little one in your home, but everything does change and your mind and body feel it all.

In time you do get used to the changes.  For now, it is important that you take care of you so that you are able to take care of your baby and your home.

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Jun 30, 2014 at 7:53pm

To me, this seems an over simplified version of what is going on!  As the PP said, hormones change a lot, and ultimately they are behind it all.  Also, it takes months and months for the body to get back to normal after a birth, the hormones are still all over the place.

I have 6 weeks to go until the birth, and I am soooo adhd it is crazy, but some days, i am ultra together, and achieve loads of good stuff, and then like today, I can barely remember my own name or get dressed!  I am unmedicated, but it does make things harder, full stop, hormones are powerful things, since they are significant in creating new life!  And it is them that are causing a lot of the problems in pregnancy, and after.  Plus on top of that, you have all the stress like PP said of caring for a new baby, it is draining and all consuming even for non ADHD mothers.  It is a really hard time, and that is a fact! wink

Good luck with it all, I hope it keeps getting easier for you. smile

Posted by Wuftytufty on Jul 01, 2014 at 1:30pm

I know.  I went through 3 pregnancies unmedicated (not diagnosed until about 2 years ago—my youngest is 5).  First pregnancy, I was able to quit working halfway through because my husband got a job offer halfway across the country.  I went back to work and found I was pregnant with my second.  Because the job was highly structured with very good operating procedures, I was able to do well.  Then the contract for my husband’s job ran out and I got a new job that paid triple what his did, so I became the primary breadwinner and he became the SAHP.  Found myself pregnant for the third time.  This time I had a job with a lot less structure, but a lot more responsibility.  I’m shocked I wasn’t fired for inefficiency…either during pregnancy or in the first year of her life (from sleep deprivation).  I was considering a fourth child, but my treatment provider told me that she refuses to prescribe to pregnant women.  (And we get drug-tested regularly in my job, so I cannot just hoard pills.  She would write in the notes that the prescription is temporarily suspended until the EDD.)

Posted by lfox77 on Aug 19, 2014 at 9:04pm

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