A New Resource for Parents-to-Be


Now, when you click on the “Family” drop-down menu on at the top of this page, you’ll find a new heading: Antidepressants in Pregnancy.

This resource, outlining the potential risks to the fetus and long-term health of the child in mothers who take “antidepressant” drugs during pregnancy, has actually been on the Mad in America website since 2016. But now we’ve updated it as of November 2022 and made it easier to find and access.

It offers summaries of the scientific research on the following topics:

  • Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy
  • The Role of Antidepressants in Brain and Fetal Development
  • Relevant Animal Studies
  • Miscarriage
  • Pre-term Birth and Other Complications
  • Birth Defects
  • Smaller Head Size
  • Newborn Behavioral Syndrome and Other Issues
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Autism and Other Adverse Developmental Outcomes
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn
  • Reviews and Meta-Analyses
  • Miscellaneous

We hope it helps you (or someone you love) to make fully-informed choices around childbearing. Find it here.


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