She was told by both her family doctor and her obstetrician that the antidepressant she was taking, Effexor, was safe for her to continue taking through her pregnancy. Within hours of her son’s birth, however, it became clear that he had suffered from a birth injury. He was admitted to the natal intensive care unit after suffering from seizures and breathing difficulties and later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Now, 3 1/2 years later, the disorder forces him into a wheelchair and he can’t hold a crayon to draw or speak properly. This mother’s story should be a lesson to physicians who consider prescribing antidepressants to pregnant women.
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