Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

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Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy
Thu, 11-15-2012 - 7:36am

Deciding the best course for pregnant women grappling with depression has long been a tricky and contentious issue, and the debate has once again kicked up.

According to a new review, pregnant women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) -- a popular type of antidepressants -- may have a greater risk of pregnancy complications, including birth defects, pre-term birth and miscarriage. But some mental health experts have panned the study, saying it overstates the risks of SSRIs and downplays their benefits in treating depression in pregnant women.

"There needs to be greater awareness of the scientific evidence regarding use of these drugs," study author Dr. Adam Urato, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at MetroWest Medical Center in Massachusetts, told HuffPost.

He said the study was unfairly characterized as an attack on pregnant women taking SSRIs, since its publication in the journal Human Reproduction.

Interesting!  It sounds like there is quite a debate about the use of SSI's during pregnancy.  What is your plan?  Will you be taking an antidepressant during your pregnancy?  Did you take one during previous pregnancies (and if so, did it cause any complications)?

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