According to CNN Health, more than one in ten women develops depression during pregnancy. Some of those women do take...
According to CNN Health, more than one in ten women develops depression during pregnancy. Some of those women do take antidepressants, which as a new study states may affect newborn health. According to the study, women who are treated with antidepressants may be more more likely to give birth early or to have newborns that need to spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit. This includes selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). While it may be true that SSRIs could mean your baby is born early, it's not a hard and fast reason to not take antidepressants. Before banning antidepressants from your pregnancy it's important to discuss the matter with your doctor or midwife and weigh the pros and cons of NOT taking antidepressants vs. taking antidepressants. Dr. Najaaraq Lund, who led up this study admits that while babies whose mamas took antidepressants may be born earlier and were more likely to require treatment in an NICU it's not the final say, noting, "Depression itself can influence birth outcome in a negative direction, treatment is warranted in some cases based on the existing body of evidence... in cases with mild or moderate symptoms, psychotherapy can be used as an alternative treatment. In severe cases and in patients with a history of recurrent, severe depression, continuation or initiation of treatment might be the best option." Lund also notes that, "Every single case should be considered individually, and the decision should be made by the woman and her ob-gyn and psychiatrist." Also note that research shows that birth defects with SSRI use is rare. A study in 2007, published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that SSRIs like Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft are not a direct link to most birth defects in newborns which was a direct contradiction to what the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) thought - both issued warnings against Paxil because of its chances of increasing birth defects. Pregnancy depression and postpartum depression are not small matters. If you feel depressed you need to speak with your doctor or midwife or another trusted health care provider immediately.

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