Is It Safe Getting Pregnant While on Depression Medications?

on Jan 20, 2013

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Is It Safe Getting Pregnant While on Depression Medications?

It is basically a calculation of risk versus reward to determine what your steps should be during your pregnancy if you are taking depression medications and want to get pregnant.

There honestly has not been much research done on the subject of getting pregnant while taking antidepressants. More research is definitely needed on this subject and doctors are working hard to figure out the connection. The studies that have been done on this subject often contradict each other and are not conclusive. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Are they safe?

Many studies have been done that indicate that taking antidepressants during pregnancy is safe. These studies state that there is no harm done to the unborn baby, and that any risks to the baby are outweighed by the benefits to the mother. Doctors think that treatment of depression is especially important during pregnancy, when hormones are sometimes out of control. If a woman does not treat her depression during pregnancy, it can be very risky for both her and her unborn child, since she might not take as good of care of herself as she should. These studies show that treating depression during pregnancy is not only safe, but recommended.

Are they dangerous?

Still more studies have been conducted that say that women who are pregnant should not be treated with antidepressants. These studies say that there is a risk presented to the unborn baby from the depression medications that a woman might be taking. Some of these studies associate antidepressant use during pregnancy with newborn lung problems, and even heart defects. There are even a few studies that state that very rare birth defects, miscarriage and still births have been caused by use of antidepressants during pregnancy. However, there simply has not been enough research conducted on this topic yet to completely understand it.

What we do know

We do know that depression during pregnancy is something that needs to be addressed. We need to find a way to treat depression while protecting both the woman and the unborn baby, and putting neither one at risk. Right now, the research is inconclusive, and more studies on this topic need to be conducted before we will know for sure what the risks are.

What to do

If you are taking depression medications and you become pregnant, one of the first things that you need to do is meet with your doctor to decide what your next steps should be. Basically, it is a calculation of risk versus reward to determine what your steps should be during your pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to help you figure out what is the right decision for you.

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Is It Safe Getting Pregnant While on Depression Medications?, 5.0 out of 5 based on 9 ratings

Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

  • rosework1

    Haay I am trying to get pregnat it been three years since I had one and I’m ready for another one

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Since you were able to conceive one child previously, there is a good chance for you to get pregnant this time. It is best that you should try taking fertility supplements, tracking your ovulation dates and increasing your sexual intercourse during your fertile window, which naturally occurs 14 days after the first day that you have missed your period. If you have irregular periods, you can make use of Ovulation Predictor Kits in determining your ovulation dates.

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  • Cordelia Johnson-Gilbert

    I am trying to get pregnant but am on a combination of duloxetine and lofepramine as well at zopiclone. Could these effects my chances?

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