Can Zoloft Harm a Baby While Pregnant?

Can Zoloft Harm a Baby While Pregnant?

Zoloft while pregnant

Zoloft is a great prescription medication used to treat depression. Many women use Zoloft and are very happy with it’s effects. However, when it comes to taking Zoloft during pregnancy, there are many things that a pregnant woman has to consider. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

With Zoloft, like many prescription medications during pregnancy, the answer is not always cut and dry, and can be somewhat complicated at times. Zoloft has been classified by the FDA as a Category C drug. In other words, this classification acknowledges that there are risks to the unborn child but that, in some circumstances, the benefits to the mother are considerable enough that they may outweigh the risks involved.

As you can see, a pregnant woman and her doctor need to carefully weigh the risks of taking Zoloft while pregnant before coming to a decision.

What to consider

A pregnant woman who is thinking of stopping Zoloft during her pregnancy needs to consider that she is putting herself at serious risk. The effects of the Zoloft on the unborn baby may not be as bad as the effects on the mother from not taking the Zoloft, since it can cause suicidal thoughts and tendencies when you stop using it right away. The best thing to do is to talk with your doctor honestly and at length and try to come to a conclusion about what is the best course of action to take about whether or not to continue the Zoloft during your pregnancy.

What are the risks to the baby?

Unfortunately, there aren’t any real clear studies done on the effects of Zoloft on the developing fetus. We don’t really know what the long term effects are, so this is a new territory for scientific research. From animal studies, we have seen that most, if not all of the damage, is done during the third trimester.

The limited knowledge that we have of how Zoloft affects human babies shows that when they are exposed to Zoloft in the womb, they have been noted to have a variety of health problems, including seizures, difficulty breathing, low blood-oxygen levels, ceaseless crying, behavioral abnormalities, and trouble with proper feeding.

As you can see, the decision to take Zoloft during pregnancy or not is a very important one, and one that should not be taken lightly. Make sure to talk with your doctor as soon as you find out you are pregnant so that you can make the right choice for your particular situation.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.