Antidepressants seem to be the shifting darlings of the pregnancy world. One minute they're terrible, the next minute they're not...

Antidepressants seem to be the shifting darlings of the pregnancy world. One minute they're terrible, the next minute they're not so bad and then we hear ooops they're bad again. Today - bad news. According to scientists at the University of Montreal women taking antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and the older tricyclics, have a significantly higher risk of miscarriage than a matched control group of women who did not take antidepressants. The risk for miscarriage was highest among women who combined the use of two or more classes of antidepressants. This is a problem as many mamas experience depression during and after pregnancy. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recognizes the problems of antidepressants but also currently recommend that "Women with severe depression stay on medication during pregnancy and that women who are psychiatrically stable may also be able to continue medication after consulting with their mental-health-care provider and obstetrician." Learn more at Time Health.


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