Article explores risks, benefits of antidepressant use during pregnancy

The Chicago Tribune reports, “Headlines about the potential risks of antidepressants on a developing fetus, including miscarriage, premature birth and newborn breathing problems, have produced angst for many moms on medication.”

However, “of greater concern, some experts say, are the harmful effects of untreated depression on the baby, including low birth weight, irritability and developmental delays.”

Women on antidepressants who are considering a pregnancy should have a frank discussion with their ob/gyn and their mental healthcare professional about the benefits and risks of continuing antidepressant therapy during pregnancy. Expectant mothers whose depression is untreated “are more likely to experience postpartum depression, hampering their ability to interact with their new baby, which can interfere with development.”

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