This week in the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article linking women who take antidepressants during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters have an increased risk of giving birth to a child who will be diagnosed with autism. The study concludes that "use of [antidepressants] during the second and/or third trimester is associated with an 87% increased risk of autism spectrum disorder."
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It is interesting how these findings are limited do not generalize to the whole population. Every time they seem to get closer to understanding a correlation, it seems there is still a huge mystery that cannot be explained.
I agree Jacqui. Depression and anxiety isn't something a woman can just switch off. Also the SSRIs, the type of antidepressants they studied are not the kind you can abruptly stop. These include; Celexa, Zoloft, Prozac, and Paxil to name a few.
What are the "other things" in category A? No drugs are safe for fetuses. It's been proven that a mother's use of drugs - whether legal or not - affect the growing fetus. EVERYTHING you pump into your body gets absorbed by your growing baby.
He didn't really say, he only mentioned water. Everything we drink, eat or take has risks. For all you know, you could drink poisoned water or something in your city's water could effect the fetus.
My city sends out a report annually that shows what's in our water and at what levels.
I apologize, I was in a bad mood when I wrote that comment. Every drug has some risks, some more than others, sometimes you have to weigh benefits vs risks. If I don't take Zoloft I get migraines and Zoloft is safer than migraine medication.
It's a difficult choice to either take the medication prescribed and necessary for some mother's or to stop and risk the debilitating depression and anxiety. Neither one is good for the mother and child.