Transcript for Study Suggests Exposure to Antidepressants in Utero May Be Linked to Higher Risk of Autism
Medical news and rich I here. Important new research for parents-to-be that found taking antidepressants during a pregnancy could I increase the risk the baby as hauts. Rich, what do you make of this? This is the biggest study done yet to try to answer the question done in Canada, very large study and what they wanted to find out do antidepressants like pro-secret increase the risk of autism? Baseline, women not taking an antidepressant a little under 1% had a child who developed autsdz. For those taking an antidepressants, the risk went up by half a percent. It was real, 98% of the women did not have a child that developed it. What does this mean for a woman dealing with depression and wanting to get pregnant. Don't just stop your medications but there's balanced risk here. We know for a woman who has depression and not treated during pregnancy there's risks there, as well. The baby may be a little small, may be delivered a little early so interest to weigh those risks between the risk of a slight increase in the risk of autism and the health risks to the baby. We never want a woman to be exposed to more medications than necessary during pregnancy. But this is one of those situations where some women can be treated with talk therapy and others will need a medication for their health and the health of their baby. Maybe if you haven't had the medication don't start. You don't want to start if you don't need it but for some people, people who need it shouldn't increase their level of guilt they've done something wrong because they're battling the risk of untreated depression. I get you will get a lot of questions. I can tell you I will. To Lara.
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