Swedish researchers have found that pregnant women who take SSRI antidepressant after gestational week 20 more double the risk that their babies will suffer from persistent pulmonary hypertension. An estimated one in 333 babies born to mothers using an SSRI late in pregnancy will develop the problem, which can prevent babies from breathing on their own and lead to organ failure and brain damage. On average, 11 percent of newborns diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension die from it.
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