Navigation Links
Study: Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy May Not Affect Baby's Growth
Date:3/20/2013

WEDNESDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- Taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not have an impact on an infant's growth during the first year of life, a new study says.

Previous research suggested that depression during pregnancy could slow infant growth, but there were concerns that prescribing antidepressants to pregnant women might also hinder a baby's physical development.

In this study, Northwestern University researchers found that infants born to mothers who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants during pregnancy had a similar weight, length and head circumference over the first year as babies born to mothers who did not have depression and did not take antidepressants during pregnancy.

The infants whose mothers took antidepressants were shorter at birth, but that difference vanished by the time they were 2 weeks old, the study authors reported.

The investigators also found that the growth of infants born to depressed women who did not take SSRIs was similar to infants in the general population.

The study was released online March 20 in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

"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," lead author Dr. Katherine Wisner said in a university news release. "This information may help women balance the risks and benefits of continuing their antidepressant treatment during pregnancy."

Depression can harm both a mother's and infant's health, noted Wisner, director of Northwestern's Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders, and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Depression in mothers is associated with premature birth and low infant birth weight, which increases the child's risk of heart disease. Depression also affects the mother's appetite, nutrition and prenatal care, and is associated with increased alcohol and drug use, Wisner said.

More information

The U.S. Office on Women's Health has more about pregnancy and depression.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Northwestern University, news release, March 20, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. UK study: Epigenetic changes play a key role in development of chemo resistance in BCa
2. New study: Incidence and mortality of PCa after termination of PSA-based screening
3. Study: Smoking Increases HPV Risks; polyDNA Recommends Gene-Eden-VIR Against HPV
4. Omega XL Reports New Independent Study: Omega-3s Can Boost Children’s IQ
5. Study: 15% of Children Ages 10 - 14 Consider Using Steroids; polyDNA Recommends Muxscle for Safe Muscle Building
6. Study: Dynamic new software improves care of aging brain
7. Bel Marra Health Reports on a New Study: Female Obesity Could Be Due to Less Participation in Household Tasks
8. Study: Steroid Abuse in Teens is Increasing; polyDNA Recommends Muxscle for Safe Muscle Building
9. Study: Catheter-based varicose vein treatments more cost-effective
10. Penn study: Financial incentives affect prostate cancer treatment patterns
11. Study: Mega Vitamins Wont Help After Heart Attack, Chelation Treatment Might
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Study: Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy May Not Affect Baby's Growth
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 10, 2016 , ... Western University of Health Sciences and ... developmentally disabled in the Coachella Valley. , The two entities, through an expanded ... Highway 111, Suite 100-B, in Rancho Mirage, California. The new site has 11 ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... (VRI) within Healthcare, recently partnered with Heart City Health Center to ... nearly 23 years, Heart City Health Center has provided the Elkhart community with ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... master charity program created to assist the local community. Pledging to select a ... and nonprofit organizations in the area. Their goal is to bring community awareness ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 10, 2016 , ... Dr. Peyman Ghasri, skin doctor ... variety of comprehensive procedures for facial enhancement. The treatments now available at Castle ... and nasal reshaping. , As a result, patients can improve virtually every ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... San Diego, will bring together more than 200 of the country’s top healthcare ... the future. , “The true benefit of the Forum is the provider-centric perspective, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... PRINCETON, New Jersey and OR AKIVA, ... Regentis Biomaterials Ltd., a leader ... of its Series D investment round on February 5, ... Haisco Pharmaceutical Group ("Haisco"), a leading Chinese pharmaceutical ... Medica Partners, SCP Vitalife Partners, Generali Financial Holdings and ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... SAN DIEGO , Feb. 10, 2016 ALSP, ... Hack , MD as Consultant for Medical Affairs in preparation ... Michael Pierschbacher , PhD, CEO, stated, "We are ... team. We look forward to working with an individual of ... (TBI). We look forward to drawing deeply on his broad ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , February 10, 2016 ... market research report "Pharmaceutical Packaging Equipment Market by Package ... & Serialization), by Product Type (Tablet, Powder, Cream, Syrup, ... by MarketsandMarkets, studies the global market during the forecast period ... grow at a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: