Antidepressants May Be Linked to Birth Problems

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Taking a popular type of antidepressant during pregnancy may increase the risk for preterm birth, the need for treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit and lower overall health for the baby ...

Researchers compared birth outcomes among babies born to 329 women who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy, 4,902 women who had a history of psychiatric illness but did not take SSRIs during pregnancy and 51,770 women with no history of mental illness.

Compared with women who had no history of mental illness, those who took SSRIs during pregnancy gave birth an average of five days earlier and had double the risk for preterm delivery. Babies of mothers who took SSRIs during pregnancy were significantly more likely than infants in the other two groups to have a five-minute Apgar score of seven or lower ... or to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit ...

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