Antidepressants During Pregnancy: Stay on Them or Stop?
In December, two new studies on taking antidepressant drugs during pregnancy drew a lot of attention. The larger study, of nearly 850,000 births in Finland, found more short-term complications in newborns whose mothers used commonly prescribed antidepressants while pregnant. But the study also found benefits: lower risks of premature births and cesarean sections in women who took these drugs compared to women with untreated psychiatric disorders. Dr. Bryan King, program director of Seattle Children's Autism Center and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington, wrote an accompanying journal editorial about the study. He also was interviewed in a Seattle Children's blog to put the findings into perspective for parents.
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