Pregnancy is one of the most important events that can happen in a woman’s life. From the moment you find out that a new life will grow inside of you until you meet your new infant and hold it in your arms, you go through various changes. Mood changes, attitude changes, priorities, weight, body, lifestyle, basically everything you did by then is interrupted and new perspectives and approaches arise. Change most of the times comes with struggle, anguish, anxiety and depression.
This is the reason why most young mothers appeal to antidepressants for treating maternal psychiatric disorder. It seems that pregnancy can be better handled with antidepressants, as they manage to provide a lower risk of certain pregnancy complications, including preterm birth and delivery by Caesarean section, as researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Medical Center stated. Medication, professionally known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), provides on the other hand an increased risk of neonatal problems.
To come up with the findings, a team of researchers embarked on a study analysis which involved 845.345 single births which were reported since 1996, until 2010. The analysis also consisted of data taken from the national registers on prescription drug purchases, mothers’ psychiatric history, maternal medical history, hospital sources and healthcare professionals. The research was quite extensive, which strengthens the conclusions. Women were separated into groups, such as SSRI users, those with psychiatric diagnosis related to SSRI use and those without a diagnosis or antidepressant purchases. Experts wanted to find out whether the outcome was a result of maternal psychiatric illness or could be based on the use of drugs.
Maternal psychiatric disorder without medication use is associated with increased risk of Caesarean section, with a percentage of 26, 5, compared to those without a diagnosis or antidepressant purchases, associated with a 17% risk. Furthermore, experts revealed a greater risk of bleeding during or after delivery, namely 3.5% for women with a diagnosis in the non-medication group, compared to those without a diagnosis or anti-depressant purchases, in 3% proportion.
So, if you are in need of medication, think twice and assess the risks. A good emotional management could leave you out of the trouble provided by extensive use of antidepressants. According to the new piece of study, what is mentioned above is all you need to know about antidepressants and pregnancy.
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