CDC: Certain Antidepressants, But Not All, Taken During Pregnancy May Raise Birth Defect Risk
But a broad new analysis from the CDC came to a fairly measured conclusion when comparing pregnant women who took SSRIs -- a class of antidepressants -- to women who did not take those medications during pregnancy.
Differing Views On Antidepressants During Pregnancy
Research studies evaluating the risks and benefits of taking antidepressants during pregnancy are mixed. There are documented harms, like an elevated risk of pre-term birth. But there are also the documented harms of untreated depression. In other words, it’s a deeply personal health decision that requires judgement based on a body of data that offers no easy answers.
The Medicated Woman: A Pill To Feel Better, Not Squelch Emotions
I am a medicated woman. I take 50mg of Sertraline (the generic form of Zoloft) a day. I don’t take it to be more tolerable to my husband. I don’t take it because I’m embarrassed by my emotions. And I definitely don’t take it to quietly fit into a polite societal mold. I take an anti-depressant every day to quell my anxiety simply because it feels better.