Antidepressants and Pregnancy

Antidepressants and Pregnancy

Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 27-Jul-2012

Antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa have been associated to premature birth.

Researchers find that women taking antidepressants during pregnancy are at a higher risk for premature delivery or seizures soon after giving birth.

Women who took antidepressants during the second trimester of pregnancy had their babies four to five days sooner compared to other babies according to Reuters Health. In addition, researchers found that newborns were more likely to have seizures if their mother took antidepressants during the third trimester.

Potential risks of taking antidepressants during pregnancy varies, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Some research associates use of citalopram (Celexa) fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft) with a rare but serious newborn lung problem (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, or PPHN) when taken during the last half of pregnancy, as well as heart defects affecting the septum – the wall of tissue that separates the left side of the heart from the right side of the heart. Other rare birth defects have been suggested as a possible risk in some studies, but no others.”

The research also revealed that women who have depression during pregnancy and choose not to take antidepressants are not at a higher risk of having premature births in comparison to women who are not depressed.

“This study tells them they should not worry that they are somehow compromising their pregnancy because they are depressed. And when considering whether to take medication for depression, women should understand that the risk of preterm birth is only one of many factors they should weigh.” Said Dr. Kimberly Yonkers, MD, professor of psychiatry and of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale.

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