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Antidepressants safe during pregnancy

Although slightly higher risk, three new studies have concluded antidepressants are safe during pregnancy.

The studies have said the prevention of potential repercussions of untreated mental illness outweighs the slightly increased risk of hemorrhage and iron deficiency antidepressants can cause.

Fears about the effects antidepressants have on growing babies are dissuading many mums-to-be from using them during pregnancy. Only half of clinically depressed pregnant women are taking antidepressants, researchers estimate, even though untreated depression during pregnancy is linked to preeclampsia, preterm delivery, low birth weight and complications.

In fact, one of the studies found the children of depressed women who didn't take the most common type of prescribed antidepressants, SSRIs, were more likely to have behavioural problems like hyperactivity and inattention.

Read the full papers here.

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