Women with depression who are pregnant or planning to conceive face a tough decision, along with their healthcare providers. While two recent studies link antidepressant use during pregnancy to potential dangers to the developing fetus, a third shows that women who stop medication are likely to suffer severe relapses. Left untreated, gestational depression has been linked to miscarriage, premature delivery, and low birth weight in infants. In addition, untreated depression is likely to worsen and continue as post-partum depression, hindering a new mom's joy as well as her ability to care for her newborn.
Concerned about cardiovascular and possible respiratory system complications in newborns, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening warnings about the use of SSRIs in pregnancy. Obstetricians and psychiatrists agree that pregnant women who suffer from depression should consult their healthcare providers and together weigh the pros and cons of antidepressant use during gestation.
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So you found out you're pregnant, Congratulations! But what comes next? First off, of course you're going to want to make an OB/GYN appointment, however don't just go with any OB. Ask around from your friends and family, and ask about their personal experiences with their OB.