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Are Anti-Depression Meds Safe During Pregnancy?

Not necessarily

You may have heard that taking Paxil during the first trimester can increase the risk of newborn heart defects, or that babies born to moms who took antidepressants late in pregnancy have short-term symptoms of withdrawal. But don't get too worked up -- the odds of either problem are low, just 3 to 4 percent for a heart defect and 20 percent for withdrawal symptoms. You need to balance those risks with the risks of not treating your depression, which include low birth weight, preeclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure in the mom), and a doubled (or greater) risk of postpartum depression. Talk to your doctor before you get pregnant, advises Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D., codirector of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Her drug of choice for pregnant women and nursing moms? Sertraline (Zoloft). Very little of the drug crosses the placenta or gets into breast milk.

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