Antidepressants and pregnancy: What to do now

Jan 16, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Fox News

A recent research paper published in the British Medical Journal reported that taking serotonin reuptake antidepressants like fluoxetine , paroxetine and sertraline during the second half of a woman's pregnancy could more than double the risk that babies will develop persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn .

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Rob Smith

Chicago, IL

#1 Jan 26, 2012
Antidepressants have been seen to increase the risk of birth defects in babies. This is why most women who wants to get pregnant should tell their therapist about it so that they can discuss other options in managing depression or anxiety. Studies were conducted in order to know the full effects of antidepressants. Read more about it at .
Paul Lash

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 3, 2012
The last time I checked, there is a 1% chance of your child having PPHN. And now that chance has doubled. This is very alarming. One of the birth effects of Paxil is PPHN. This needs a lot of societal awareness, otherwise, a lot of helpless infants will be at risk.

Since: May 12

King Of Prussia, PA

#3 Jun 18, 2012
Celexa, Lexapro, Zoloft, and Prozac are some of the most common anti-depressants and were all effected by thsi study. Different SSRI drugs can cause different birth defects. Some of the side effects are listed on:

Since: Dec 12

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#6 Dec 28, 2012
Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 2006 and 2007 found that SSRI use during pregnancy doubles a child’s risk of being born with omphalocele defects (i.e., with his intestines protruding from his belly button), and septal defects—congenital heart defects that cause the heart to work harder because of poor blood circulation. More recently, research conducted in the United States and abroad has suggested that pregnant women’s SSRI use might increase the incidence of infants being born with brain development issues and reduced head size.
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