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Treated vs. untreated depression during pregnancy

A recent study done on treated and untreated depression has researchers concerned on what is better for the fetus because certain conditions are linked to each.

In the study, researchers analyzed 7,696 pregnant women, 570 who did not treat their depression and 99 that used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants during their pregnancy.

If not treated, depression during pregnancy has been linked to maternal suicide, pre-eclampsia, and low birth weight. If treated with SSRI antidepressants, delayed fetal head growth and preterm labor may have an increased chance of occurring.

“Our findings further raise the question whether maternal SSRI treatment during pregnancy is better or worse for the fetus than untreated maternal depression,” wrote study author Hanan El Marroun of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. “Clinicians must carefully weigh the known risks of untreated depression during pregnancy and the possible adverse effects of SSRIs.”

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