20% of women have clinical depression during reproductive age. Some women are afraid to take medications during pregnancy after hearing this might cause damage to the fetus.
Dr. Gideon Koren, Medschoolforparents.com Expert explains why this is not the case.
- 50+ studies have shown that antidepressants are not risky for the baby, but untreated depression is risky.
- Untreated depression increases post-partum depression or hospitalization.
- Taking anti-depressants is more helpful than harmful for a pregnant woman and the baby