Depression is very, very common and its prevalence peaks during childbearing years.  Many women start their pregnancies on an antidepressant and the questions then ensue….

  • Have I caused harm to my baby?
  • What are the risks to my newborn if I am on an antidepressant?
  • Should I continue using the antidepressant or should I stop?
  • Should I switch do a different antidepressant?
  • Should I wean off the antidepressant at some point?
  • Can I breast feed if I am taking an antidepressant?

 Let’s address these questions individually, but with the caveat that there is no 100% perfect answer.  Each patient’s individual risks and benefits must be assessed and the patient and her physician can then decide on an effective strategy.  

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