Amanda Seyfried on Antidepressants While Pregnant

July 20, 2017 - 7:00am

Amanda Seyfried has always been open about her struggles with mental health.

Now, the new mom is saying she stayed on antidepressants while she was pregnant. She told Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy podcast: "I didn't get off my antidepressant. It's really for anti-anxiety for me. I've been taking Lexapro for years and years and years, and I didn't get off of it. I was on an extremely low dose."

  • Seyfried, who is married to Life in Pieces actor Thomas Sadoski, was diagnosed with OCD when she was 19, she said. They welcomed their first child, a girl, in March.
  • “It was just perfect. It was quiet and beautiful, and it was the best moment of my life for sure,” she said of the birth. “And I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
  • It was notable that she opened up about it, becaue taking antidepressants is considered by many to be controversial while pregnant.
  • One Ob/Gyn tells Us Weekly: "They may be associated with an increased risk of babies born with a serious respiratory disorder, but the increased risk appears to be less than previous research has suggested. With expecting moms we discuss the risks and then determine if the risk outweighs the benefit. If they have severe depression and anxiety, then meds are needed."