Antidepressants Not Harmful During Pregnancy

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Antidepressants taken during pregnancy have been thought to cause premature births and lower birth weight, but a recent study found that infants who were exposed to the medications were of the same size as infants who had not been exposed.

As Kathryn Doyle reports for Reuters, widely used medications, such as Prozac and Celexa, were previously attributed to adverse effects on infant growth. This study, which tracked 97 pregnant women, also found no adverse effects of untreated depression on infant growth.

Though even the lead author of the study admits there were some limitations, this is an encouraging development, as it will hopefully lead to more women seeking treatment of their depression without fear of harming their child.

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