Should women take antidepressants during pregnancy? What are the risks of taking medication? What are the risks of NOT treating depression during pregnancy?
A recent study examines the impact of using antidepressants during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy. While the study found a CORRELATION between use of antidepressants and the later diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, doctors also note that untreated depression in pregnant mothers can also lead to adverse outcomes for the unborn baby. As always, the search for a better understanding of Autism continues, and, as always, we must consider the health and safety of all involved as we make important mental health treatment decisions.
If you are interested in learning more about Autism or Asperger’s, please contact me. I’d be happy to help you directly, or help you find the resources you need to make healthy and safe decisions.