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Why Do Pregnant Mothers Still Take Antidepressants?

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, doctors still prescribe antidepressants to women of child-bearing age who, in turn, keep taking them while they're pregnant. Even worse, at least 80,000 American women every year -- if not more -- are prescribed a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) by their doctors while they're pregnant.

And, when expecting moms use an antidepressant, they're taking needless and serious risks with the health of their unborn child that are completely avoidable, according to new studies. Among the more recent problems associated with SSRIs:

  • Increasing the risk of major congenital malformations, many of which involve the heart, in women who use SSRIs even before their pregnancies.
  • Multiplying the incidence of persistent pulmonary hypertension by fivefold.
  • Boosting the risk of birth defects by 40 percent and heart defects by 60 percent when women take an antidepressant during the first 12 weeks of gestation.

The saddest fact of all is there are many ways pregnant moms can treat their emotional pain naturally, without the need for an SSRI. One of the safest and best for a mom is to boost her intake of omega-3 fats by taking a high quality fish oil or krill oil daily.

Another proven tool that can tame the emotions effectively: The Emotional Freedom Technique, the energy psychology tool used daily in my practice.

Lawyers and Settlements November 22, 2006