Antidepressants Cause Miscarriage?

Sasha Brown-Worsham

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We moms truly can't win when it comes to these miscarriage studies.

First, we're told stress might cause miscarriage and now we're told the antidepressants we take to avoid that stress might also cause them?

According to a recent article in Time:

"Scientists at the University of Montreal reported Monday, May 31, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that women taking the drugs most often prescribed to treat depression and anxiety — including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and the older tricyclics — had a significantly higher risk of miscarriage than a matched control group of women who did not take antidepressants."

So what is a woman who is clinically depressed but also wants to have a baby supposed to do?

Well, consult her doctor, of course. According to Time:

"As with many clinical decisions, depression treatment during pregnancy is a matter of balance. Experts advise women to discuss with their physician the severity of their depression or anxiety and weigh their past history of miscarriage before deciding whether to change medications or reduce their doses while carrying a child." 

If you take depression drugs, what did you do when you were thinking about getting pregnant? What did your doctor say?

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