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What you have to Know about Zoloft and Pregnancy

Updated on August 28, 2012

Zoloft is one of the drugs that are in use in the pharmaceutical industry, both formally and informally, but its effect on human health has still not been fully established. This means that the repercussion of their use is fully bestowed on the person who made the decision to move into the drug. Recent research however showed that Zoloft and pregnancy do not rhyme.

A case of suspected neonatal withdrawal symptoms, secondary to the maternal use of Zoloft throughout the pregnancy period has been reported. The developed symptoms are those of agitation, restlessness, poor feeding, constant crying and increased startle reaction.T his is according to the results of a cohort study that established that 30% of the neonates who were exposed to Zoloft in the uterus experience certain symptoms. These neonates had the characteristics of neonatal abstinence syndrome which include tremor, gastrointestinal or sleep disturbances, hyper tonicity and high pitched cry. This puts a lot of doubt in the safe relationship between Zoloft and pregnancy.

The scientists involved in the research recommended that children born of a mother who has been taking Zoloft be placed under expert care and watch for at least 48 hours before they are declared safe. They also mentioned that the effect of the drug on labor and delivery in humans is unknown.
The most confusing fact about Zoloft and pregnancy is the fact that there are no detailed studies that directly link any side effects either to the mother or the new born babies to the use of Zoloft during pregnancy. This has led to the assignment of Zoloft to pregnancy in category C. This means that research has shown the probability of there being a negative impact on your baby but there has been no conclusive evidence to rule the drug as dangerous.

However, one fully established fact about Zoloft and pregnant mothers who intend to breastfeed is that the drug is excreted in breast milk, which means that an amount of the dosage you take will be passed over to your baby as you suckle. Adverse effects in the nursing infant cannot thus be ruled out and the manufacturers of the drug take this into consideration by discouraging the use of Zoloft by nursing mothers.

One confusing finding of laboratory tests is that even though a good amount of Zoloft was found in the milk produced by mothers undergoing a Zoloft therapy, there was no detection of the chemical in the serum of the babies they were nursing and that no abnormal developments were noted in the kids also. These confusing findings therefore make the discussion of Zoloft and pregnancy a very delicate one and any wise mother will try their level best not to be the first one to put the health of their baby at risk by the use of Zoloft


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