The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have compiled a new report alongside the American Psychiatric Association regarding such topic matter.
While the use of anti-depressants and anti-psychotics remain highly taboo, especially in certain circles (you know the moms: the all-natural, highly-organic type that couldn’t even fathom drinking decaf coffee while pregnant), yet the newest study promotes the continuity of anti-depressants, although in lower and gradually infrequent doses. This, of course, does not apply to women who have severe psychological disturbance; they are primarily speaking to those women who suffer from “mild or no symptoms” of depression.
Another form of mental rehabilitation embraces psychotherapy while pregnant to defer the reliance on the woman’s antidepressant.
Although the panel has done extensive research on the effects of antidepressants, the boards still feel that further information is needed on the possible adverse effects of continuing traditional antidepressant regimens during pregnancy.
According to another source, the negative effects of utilizing antidepressants during pregnancy far outweigh the positive aspects. The Examiner states that new-found research has proven a higher rate for miscarriage, further risk for pre-term delivery and low birth weight. It also has the likelihood of upping the ante for congenital birth defects in the child.
I’ve had a few stints in my life where I was on anti-anxiety medication; I had never been prescribed antidepressants, but had (and have) several friends who have used these drugs currently and in the past, alike. While I was not on the anti-anxiety meds during pregnancy, I’m curious to see what your take is on the subject, ladies.
Have you had experience where it was imperative that you remain on your medication throughout your pregnancy? Does the fear of taking antidepressants during pregnancy prevent you from conceiving? Does a mentally-healthy mom equate to a subsequently healthy child in your eyes?