Navigation Links
Antidepressants for pregnant moms don't affect infants' growth
Date:3/19/2013

CHICAGO --- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants taken by a woman during pregnancy do not impact her infant's growth over the first year, reports a new study from a Northwestern Medicine scientist.

There had been concern that antidepressant treatment during pregnancy reduced growth during the first year. Previous data suggested depression during pregnancy also could diminish infant growth.

But the new study showed infants born to mothers who took SSRIs during pregnancy had a similar weight, length and head circumference over the first year as infants born to non-depressed women who did not take antidepressants. The infants whose mothers took antidepressants were shorter at birth, but the difference disappeared by two weeks of age.

In addition, growth measurements for the infants of depressed women who did not take SSRIs were similar to the general population.

"Most women want to know about the effect of their depressive illness or the medication they take during pregnancy not only on the infant at birth, but also on the baby's longer-term growth and development," said Northwestern Medicine lead author Katherine L. Wisner, M.D. "This information may help women balance the risks and benefits of continuing their antidepressant treatment during pregnancy."

Wisner is director of Northwestern's Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders. She also is the Norman and Helen Asher Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The study will be published March 20, 2013 in The American Journal of Psychiatry in Advance, its online aheadof-print website.

Depression has negative impact on a mother's and infant's health, Wisner said, noting that women who stop taking SSRIs near the time of conception have a high relapse rate.

Maternal prenatal stress and depression are linked to preterm birth and low infant birth weight, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Depression also affects a woman's appetite, nutrition and prenatal care and is associated with increased alcohol and drug use. Women with untreated depression have a higher body mass index preconception, which carries additional risks.


'/>"/>

Contact: Marla Paul
marla-paul@northwestern.edu
312-503-8928
Northwestern University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Minorities, Medicare Recipients Less Likely to Get Antidepressants
2. Newer Antidepressants May Be Safe for Parkinsons Patients
3. Publication Bias Casts Doubt on Value of Antidepressants for Autism
4. Medicare Coverage Gap May Cause Seniors to Forgo Antidepressants
5. Common Antidepressants Too Risky During Pregnancy, Researchers Say
6. Common Antidepressants Tied to Higher Bleeding Risk in Warfarin Users: Study
7. When Antidepressants Dont Work, Give Counseling a Try
8. Prenatal Antidepressants Dont Raise Fetal, Infant Death Risk: Study
9. Antidepressants Celexa, Lexapro Tied to Irregular Heartbeat: Study
10. Overweight Pregnant Women at Higher Risk for Complications
11. Breathing Smog While Pregnant May Worsen Asthma in Offspring
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2016)... PLAINSBORO, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 ... ... resources and information to oncology professionals, has added National Cancer Institute-designated University ... Program . , In this new partnership, OncLive’s editorial and marketing teams will ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... A health conscious snack that ... Dough Bar, has ignited an undeniable buzz in the protein product community by ... just any doughnut.  These doughnuts are packed with 11 grams of protein and made ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Workrite Ergonomics ... leadership and to further develop their rapidly expanding portfolio of customer and end ... a concentration in Marketing and an M.B.A. with concentration in management from Bryant ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... efforts for several years, and the efforts have paid off. Since implementation ... new standards of care to enhance perioperative patient experiences and reduce costly complications. ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... Dr. LeRoy ... identifies the impact of mobile devices on the billions of users, hundreds of millions ... necks. While not life threatening, the frequent and common action of looking down ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Diana Russell suffers from a form ... the inside out.  This disease has put her in ... children and grandchildren to leave her home.  Because of ... cannot haul the wheelchair.  So if there is a ... Diana is left to wait for the bus. ...
(Date:5/24/2016)...  NxStage Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTM ), ... care, today announced that Jeffrey H. Burbank , ... schedule of investor conferences. Where applicable, a webcast of ... .   ... Friday, June 10, 2016 1:30 p.m. ET ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... 2016  Joe Marziani has joined VMS BioMarketing as senior vice president of sales, ... his new role, Marziani will lead the company,s business development and sales team, exploring ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160523/371089 ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: