Actress Amanda Seyfried has revealed she took anti-depressant Lexapro throughout her pregnancy.
Speaking on Dr Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy podcast the star, who gave birth to a baby girl in March, said it helped her cope with her OCD.
“I didn’t get off my antidepressant. It’s really anti-anxiety for me,” Seyfried says. “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.”
“A healthy parent is a healthy kid,” she adds.
Seyfried was diagnosed with OCD as a 19-year-old, Today reports. She is now 31.
It's not the first time the actress has opened up about her mental health. Speaking to Allure in October 2016, she said, "I'm on Lexapro, and I'll never get off of it. I've been on it since I was 19, so 11 years.”
“I don't see the point of getting off of it. Whether it's placebo or not, I don't want to risk it. And what are you fighting against? Just the stigma of using a tool?
"A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [from other illnesses], but I don't think it is,” she added. “It should be taken as seriously as anything else."
Of course, you should always consult your doctor about what medication is safe to take when pregnant.