Using Antidepressants During Pregnancy Linked to Child Anxiety

With most medications there are always chances that, when taking antidepressants when pregnant, that can affect the child when born. There has been a study conducted that found that when a child has anxiety it can be linked to taking antidepressants when pregnant. YellowPages says that data was taken from about 14,000 siblings and followed children as a fetal to age three. The study also assessed the mother’s mental health and questioned them about anxiety and antidepressant and questioned them about their child’s behavior and development. They compared children whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy to their siblings who were not exposed to antidepressants in the womb.

The exposure was also only specific to anxiety and also found that when the mother was depressed it was independently associated with child behavior problems. A doctor from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health stated that “the findings form a strong basis for identifying non-medical interventions to reduce antenatal depression when possible”. The three year old’s that were studied showed that they had increased anxiety symptoms when they were compared to their siblings whose mother did not take antidepressants while pregnant. Many co founders such as genetic effects, family environment, and variation of maternal depression affected the antidepressant exposer on the anxiety symptoms.