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Taking This Medication Could Cause Autism in Your Unborn Child

New research has uncovered something alarming about autism and how mothers can unknowingly cause their babies to develop the disorder.

According to research, taking antidepressants can drastically increase the risk of autism, and it doesn't matter if you take the medication before or during pregnancy.

A recent study showed that "children born to mothers who took antidepressants during pregnancy had an 81% increased odds of developing autism." Also, "children born to women who took antidepressants before pregnancy had a 77% likelihood of developing autism."

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Other studies have also shown a correlation between antidepressants and autism. Research from a Canadian Study have found that mothers who took the medication during the second half of their pregnancy posed a risk of autism in their babies.


The drugs in question are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. Although the findings discovered a risk of autism in these conditions to be over 4 times the usual chance, doctors aren't immediately recommending mothers to cease taking antidepressants.

“We urge people not to jump to conclusions about this study, which brings together findings from previous research," said Carol Povey, director of the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism. "It’s therefore vital that no-one bases any decisions about their care on these findings alone. Any mothers-to-be who are concerned about the best treatment for depression should discuss this with their doctor.”

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Since 15% of women suffer from depression during pregnancy, the situation is serious for mother as well as baby. Depression can increase the risk of diabetes, hypertension, and underweight babies. Treatment of the mother should not be taken lightly during pregnancy, but depending on her specific needs, alternative treatments could be more beneficial.  

“Depression is a serious and debilitating condition,” said Anick Berard of the University of Montreal. “This study is not advocating untreated depression. However, it is certainly advocating treatment of depression with something other than antidepressants during pregnancy.”


As always, it's best to be informed, do your research, and talk to your doctor to find the best possible treatment plan for you and your baby.

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