What happens if I stop taking antidepressants during pregnancy?
In the earlier ages it was thought that pregnant women can get rid of their depression due to the flow of hormones in their body. However, recent studies show that this is not the case. Women who stop taking antidepressants are likely to fall back into depression. According to the study of National Institute of Mental Health, a common antidepressant called Praxil can lead to fetal heart defects in the baby.
According to the research carried out by the Journal of the American Medical Association, women during the pregnancy itself can have a completely different type of depression, which is neither postnatal nor postpartum. Now women have to take the risk of their lives with the lives of their baby. In the United States alone, more than eight million pregnant women are taking antidepressant.
Other studies show that intake of antidepressants have a vital effect on the fetus. In one study, 200 pregnant women who were in depression were monitored by researchers. The freedom of intake of antidepressant was left to them due to ethical reasons. The result was quite surprising. 68% of the women without antidepressant went back into major depression, while 26% also went back to depression even after taking antidepressant. However, the researchers concluded that giving up antidepressant can lead them back to depression again.
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