Experts warn that women who take antidepressants during pregnancy have almost double the risk of having a child with autism.

In a recent study of 145,500 pregnancies, it was found that children whose mothers took antidepressants whilst pregnant had an 87 per cent higher risk of being diagnosed with autism as opposed to mothers who did not take them.



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However, the overall number of children diagnosed with autism where the mother does take antidepressants remains small, with only 1.2 per cent of all children being positively diagnosed with the condition.

The study’s findings highlight ongoing concerns that the rise of antidepressant drug use during pregnancy could be having long-term detrimental effects on unborn children.

The led researcher of the study, Professor Anick Bérard, stated within an article featured on DailyMail, ” Our study has established that taking antidepressants during the second or third trimester of pregnancy almost doubles the risk that the child will be diagnosed with autism by age seven, especially if the mother takes selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, often known by its acronym SSRIs.”

The use of antidepressants has increased worldwide, with SSRI antidepressants among the most common prescribed to patients.  Common brands of SSRI antidepressants include Prozac, Cipramil and Seroxat.

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  • This is a very dangerous article. Please do NOT stop taking antidepressants if you are pregnant – please see your GP and discuss alternatives. Some antidepressants may cause issues, but going cold turkey off them is going to be far worse


  • be natural….


  • I don’t take anything while pregnant, not even panadol, they say its safe but you never really know or not if it is


  • Thanks for sharing. I was told that antidepressants were safe during pregnancy but personally have chosen not to take them.


  • I wasn’t aware you could take antidepressant while pregnant

    • neither was i. but this is very scary for some, if true.


  • So good to know – very helpful to have information to share with family and friends.


  • Oh! This is scary! If it’s true, the results of this study should become available to everyone as soon as possible.


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