Antidepressants and Pregnancy Are A Bad Mix

Antidepressant drugs, as with other chemistry changing agents, and pregnancy are not a good combination. We should be very cautious when it comes to prescribing pills to women with unborn children. The danger of a women developing post-partum depression and harming her children is not nearly as great as is the danger of a woman on prescribed drugs having a premature or defective baby. The incidence of post-partum depression is one thing, and the incidence of any such depression leading to a woman harming her children has to be really quite rare. Here’s another statistic to raise a few red flags for you. Researchers in the USA have found women in treatment for depression at 3x the risk for having a preterm delivery.

Pregnant women with a history of depression who used psychiatric medication have triple the risk of premature child delivery, U.S. researchers found.

Researchers at the University of Washington, University of Michigan and Michigan State University found that a combination of medication use and depression — either before or during pregnancy was strongly linked to delivery before 35 weeks’ gestation.

Lead author Amelia Gavin of the University of Washington said the findings highlight the need for carefully planned studies that can clarify associations between depression, psychiatric medications and preterm delivery.

Some women may have a difficult time making that transition from being the center of attention to playing a more subordinant role. We don’t need to jeopardize the lives and health of children because this happens to be the case. When that pregnancy test comes back positive, when she begins to show signs, it’s not the right time to place her on a regimen of antidepressant drugs, or any sort of drugs for that matter. The safety and well being of her child must come before all else.