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Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy: Study

Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy: Study
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By    |   Monday, 28 September 2015 03:56 PM

Pregnant women who suffer from depression can safely take antidepressants to ease their symptoms, new research shows.

Three new studies, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found the use of antidepressants during pregnancy has no long-term neurodevelopmental or behavioral effects on the child.

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems during pregnancy, striking around 12 percent of women. The use of antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy has become increasingly common, but past studies have raised questions about potential health risks for the woman or baby.

But one of the three new studies, conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, suggests those concerns are unfounded, based on an analysis of 51,404 children from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study.

"Effective treatment of depression during pregnancy is essential and these results should not discourage healthcare professionals from prescribing or continuing antidepressant treatment to those who need it," said lead researcher Marte Handal.

In a second study, an Australian team analyzed data from 49,000 women registered on the Danish National Birth Cohort, found no increased risk to children whose mothers took antidepressants, including SSRIs. And a third study, by the same team found only a slight increase the risk of maternal bleeding in the first 24 hours among women taking antidepressants.

"It is reassuring to find that prenatal exposure to antidepressants did not affect a child's behavior …however as with any medication, the benefits and risks but always be considered,” said Luke Grzeskowiak, M.D., lead author of the studies from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

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