Antidepressant use in pregnancy can affect babies’ brain development, finds study

11 Apr 2018

Posted By: SG   |   Source: The Independent   |   URL:


There are always risks and benefits in the use of antidepressants, but the risks may be more potent where pregnant women are concerned. New research by doctors in the US into selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) suggests they can interfere with the normal development of the foetal brain, and that more research is needed into their impact.

“While they were able to show brain changes the authors say future studies should look at any increased risk of depressive, cognitive or movement abnormalities later in life for these infants.”

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Institution: Author: Alex Matthews-King