Prozac and Paxil Taken During Pregnancy is Linked to Newborn Heart Defects

Pregnant woman who either took two types of antidepressants during their first trimester were three to four times more likely to give birth to a child with heart problems. A study shows that there is a link between the use of antidepressants such as Prozac and Paxil taking during pregnancy to birth defects in newborns. The study focused on babies born to 800 women who said they took either Prozac or Paxil during their first trimester of pregnancy compared ot more than 1,400 expectant mothers who did not. Women on Prozac gave birth to babies four times more likely to have heart anomalies, while those who took Paxil were three times more likely. Additionally smoking during pregnancy increased the risk of heart defects. Doctors warn that many heart anomalies can be treated, so expectant mothers need to consider their health as well when deciding whether or not they should continue with the drugs. It is estimated that more than 10 percent of pregnant women experience depression each year. To read the full story, click here.

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