Depression Rx Might Pose Smaller Risk in Moms to Be

Depression Rx Might Pose Smaller Risk in Moms to Be


Many moms-to-be who take antidepressants may
assume that weaning themselves off their meds is the safest thing for their baby, but the
truth may not be so simple. I’m Shelby Cullinan with your latest health news. A new study found that the risk for a rare
breathing issue in babies born to moms who take depression medication may be lower than
previously thought. Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, or PPHN, is a serious disease
in which a newborn’s circulatory system fails. PPHN causes a decrease in blood to the lungs,
making it hard for the baby to breathe. The lead study author found that evidence may
be consistent with a potential increased risk of PPHN associated with the mother’s use of
antidepressant in late pregnancy. However…the risk increase appears more modest than previously
suggested. Always speak with your OBGYN before taking any medication while pregnant.

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