Are Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy?

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Curejoy Expert Claude Butler Explains:

Antidepressants in most cases of depression can help relieve your symptoms and make you feel healthy, but when it comes to taking antidepressant while you are pregnant, that’s a pretty risky thing to do. Perhaps, most of you will end up being confused because taking antidepressants during pregnancy might pose health risks for your baby but on the contrary, stopping taking it might pose risks for you.

Psychiatric experts and ob-gyn experts believe that if you have mild depression and have been symptom-free for at least six months, you can stop using antidepressants under a doctor’s supervision before getting pregnant or while you are pregnant.

As subtle as it sounds, the dilemma between taking antidepressant and stopping it during pregnancy is a pretty tough one to make. Thus, the decision to use antidepressants during pregnancy should be based on the balance between the risks and benefits of taking it.

How Is Taking Antidepressant Threat To The Baby?

When you are on antidepressants throughout your pregnancy or during the last trimester, there are high chances that your baby might experience temporary discontinuation symptoms like jitters or irritability at birth. Moreover, not even tapering dosages near the end of pregnancy is recommended, since it’s not thought to minimize newborn withdrawal symptoms. One of the experts on the matter says that it might pose challenges for you as you enter the postpartum period — a time of increased risk of mood and anxiety problems.

Moreover, a study in the journal Infant Behavior and Development found that babies born to depressed moms are more irritable, less active and attentive, and have fewer facial expressions than babies born to moms without depression. The use of antidepressant during pregnancy also increases the chances for preeclampsia, preterm labor, high blood pressure, and low birth weight babies.

Low and High Risk Antidepressants

Further, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) – drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, and Lexapro – which are the most commonly used antidepressants during pregnancy are not considered safe anyway. Firstly, it is a synthetic chemical that disrupt the serotonin system. Secondly, the SSRI antidepressants freely cross the placenta and enter the fetus; Animal studies show harm and even human studies with the drugs show harm.

Fortunately, not all antidepressants are highly prone put baby’s health at risk. Some medications like tricyclics, such as amitriptyline (Elavil) and imipramine (Tofranil), as well as the newer drug buproprion (Wellbutrin) used for depression are considered as a less dangerous drugs. Reportedly, these don’t cause a significant increase in the number of birth defects or other fetal toxicity.

Note: Taking or stopping to take antidepressant during pregnancy is a very critical decision to make. If you’re already taking an antidepressant and you want to stop taking it while you’re pregnant, be sure to consult your doctor on how best to do this.


CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Lexi Waterman
Lexi Waterman 5pts

Thanks Hun! The medicine helps me be able to do those things !!! Life is good. God bless

Gabriel Michael McArdle
Gabriel Michael McArdle 5pts

Sweetie o have suffered from just about everything but death. Try me... And I am not afraid to admit it. See some of us are on our first few thousand times around here and we have a certain life. Where others have been here for much longer. That is a different subject all together. Don't assume however, that because someone doesn't agree with or choose your treatment practices they haven't suffered what you are suffering. I am sorry you have this and I do not pretend to know more than your doctor but I can say I probably know more than your dr when it comes to alternative methods of healing. It is ok to discover new things. You don't have to take a medication because that is what is widely accepted. Look past the fact that most people are taking harmful substances for over diagnosed conditions and choose a different treatment plan. I could give you a very long list of things that will stabilize the mood and relieve stress, none of which require taking a foreign substance into your body. That is the essence of holistic medicine. It is about finding the root cause of your problems and making the necessary adjustments that with in turn take the symptoms away. Taking a chemical for depression only treats the symptoms and does nothing to address the cause. Most practitioners of western medicine are not trying to actually cure you. They are more interested in treating your symptoms with a prescription medication that they get a kick back from. Do you honestly think the Drs are going to tell all their clients not to take certain medications and cut off an entire revenue stream?? I don't think so. Do some research. Keep you options open and try some alternatives. •watch a sunset with no phone or distractions •meditate •calm music • no drinking or smoking • no tv • walk barefoot in the forest or on the beach • drink lots of herbal tea • get massage, reiki, Swedish or thai. • infrared saunas or sweats • do yoga • less meat and more leafy greens • do something compassionate like a random act of kindness and see the smile on the other human beings face, and then feel the love in your heart. • salt baths • organic dark chocolate Good luck and may God and all the spirits of heaven watch over you and your family!😇♥️🙏🏼

Lexi Waterman
Lexi Waterman 5pts

When you're pregnant... They take high precaution. You people obviously have never suffered from deep depression and panic attacks.

Alaina White
Alaina White 5pts

I'm pretty sure something that alters your adult brain isn't good for a developing fetus. But the real question is does the pro outweigh the cons when it comes to taking these types of meds during pregnancy?

Lexi Waterman
Lexi Waterman 5pts

Very true, but it's harder when you're depressed.

Ayurveda 5pts

Lexi Waterman There are other ways to improve your mood too!

Jasmine Harrison
Jasmine Harrison 5pts

It's absolutely not safe if you didn't get any permission from your doctor

Pogo Saito
Pogo Saito 5pts

of course not. but the people who make money off them will pay some scientists to blur the issue for you.

Jen Polintan
Jen Polintan 5pts

True Aunt, look my Aunt her child is not good too much nervous and lack of knowledge hard to understand and always sick

Alea Rebelos
Alea Rebelos 5pts

No!!!!! Not even an aspirin unless Doctor knows positively it's safe. \U0001f60d

Jen Polintan
Jen Polintan 5pts

Not safe!!!!! Even Tylenol any pain reliever! Drink lots of water, eat healthy food and need support of family, try to relax etc

Angela Taylor
Angela Taylor 5pts

They shouldn't be given to anyone, pregnant or not!

Lexi Waterman
Lexi Waterman 5pts

I'm pretty sure my OB GYN would not prescribe them to me during pregnancy if they were not safe. There are always slight risks with everything.. Like driving.. Think about it, do you think having panic attacks and depressing thoughts that can lead to depressive actions are safer than the medicine that helps you be happy, eat healthy and work out, and just maintain a positive mind set over everything, including your pregnancy. Especially because if you are depressed during pregnancy the probability of being more depressed postpartum is increased significantly. Just a little something to think about. - Mom of 1 healthy boy and another almost here!

Giona Sedigo
Giona Sedigo 5pts

Jandalertz as what my doc also said..so we'll sched visits sa clinic nlng..cannot drink meds man

Carol Ritchie
Carol Ritchie 5pts

If they are risky for everyone, it is not very likely that they would be safe during pregnancy. And according to some research there are still some out there that have shown cause pancreatic cancer.

Ayurveda 5pts

Stacey Kincaid - well said

Ayurveda 5pts

Amber Leigh Pyatt - very true

Ayurveda 5pts

LeLe McMc - yes, well said

Amber Leigh Pyatt
Amber Leigh Pyatt 5pts

No, they aren't safe even when your not. Research the chemicals in that stuff.

Stacey Kincaid
Stacey Kincaid 5pts

Yes they are not safe for baby or mother and there is no telling what problems the child will have during life

LeLe McMc
LeLe McMc 5pts

They're not safe during pregnancy or any other time.

Connie Brown
Connie Brown 5pts

Of course No, so try to be positive and enjoy the pregnancy so you'll be able to avoid complication with both of you and the baby...

Jal Eden
Jal Eden 5pts

All psychotropic drugs are extremely dangerous and should be avoided. They cause brain damage, not can or could they cause brain damage plus a host of other health problems. Depression is not a disease! Depression is something that every human will deal with from time to time. There are many myths about depression prompted by the psychiatry business with the aid of big pharma for the purpose of selling dangerous psychotropic drugs. The critical choice is to not take these dangerous drugs to begin with.