More Concerns about Antidepressants in Pregnancy
Women who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) while pregnant may be more likely to have a child with a speech or language disorder, according to a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry. SSRIs are commonly used to treat depression.
Several studies have raised concerns about antidepressants during pregnancy, because the drugs can enter the bloodstream of the fetus through the placenta. In 2015, research showed a link between SSRIs and autism.
This latest study shows that children born to mothers who filled at least two SSRI prescriptions during pregnancy had a 37 percent higher risk for speech and/or language disorders than children whose mothers had depression that was untreated with medication during pregnancy, and a 63 percent higher risk than children whose mothers had never taken antidepressants. More research is needed.
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