Anti-depressants and Pregnancy Dangers

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - s-s-r-i's are the most common prescribed drugs for women suffering from depression, but they can be dangerous to pregnant women.

Danish researchers say women who take s-s-r-i's are more likely to give birth early - and have twice the risk of preterm delivery than women with a history of mental illness.

Newborns of mothers who took s-s-r-i's are more likely to have a low agpar Score -- which is a general indicator of infant health -- or be admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Researchers looked at the birth outcomes of more than fifty-five-thousand women to come up with the findings.

It appears in the "Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine."


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