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Antidepressants Do Not Cause Birth Defects

pillsA new study finds that expectant mothers can safely use prescribed antidepressants during their first trimester.

Dr. Anick Bérard and her team from Montreal University performed a retrospective analysis of over 2000 women and found that antidepressants have no effect on fetal development.

“This is the first study to investigate the impact of antidepressant use during the first trimester of pregnancy in mothers with psychiatric disorders,” she said.

“In terms of birth malformations in this population, we found no difference between women who used antidepressants and those who did not use antidepressants during their first trimester.”

The study is published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

The research team used data from the Quebec Pregnancy Registry, established by their group, to analyze the records of 2,329 new mothers diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and treated with antidepressants for at least 30 days before pregnancy.

Also included in the registry were women who delivered liveborn and stillborn children, while birth defects were considered anything from facial malformations to heart anomalies.

“The duration of antidepressant use in the first trimester of pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk of birth malformations,” explained Dr. Bérard.

“We hope these findings help clinicians and women decide whether to continue antidepressant therapy during pregnancy.”

Source: University of Montreal

Antidepressants Do Not Cause Birth Defects

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2016). Antidepressants Do Not Cause Birth Defects. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 27, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/05/23/antidepressants-do-not-cause-birth-defects/2346.html

 

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