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Treating depression during pregnancy

Posted on March 14th, 2012 No Comments

Whether or not depression should be treated during pregnancy has been an ongoing debate with women and doctors.

If left untreated, depression during pregnancy can increase the risk of certain conditions occurring such as pre-eclampsia. Other conditions associated with depression during pregnancy include increase maternal suicide and children with low birth weight.

A new study that was recently published also showed that the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can increase birth defects, delay fetal head growth and cause preterm labor. Delayed fetal head growth can lead to other behavioral and psychiatric issues.

The study analyzed the 7,696 pregnant woman, 99 who used SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy and 570 who did not treat their depression.

“Untreated depressive symptoms were associated with a reduction in total body growth, including the fetal head, during pregnancy,” the authors wrote. “In contrast, prenatal SSRI use was related to a reduced growth of the fetal head, whereas prenatal SSRI use did not affect growth of the fetal body.”

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of using an SSRI antidepressant while pregnant, you need representation on your side during this difficult time. Contact the Zoloft birth defect lawyers of Williams Kherkher by calling 800-641-9810 today.

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