The Northwestern Medicine’s 2013 Perinatal Mental Health Meeting on November 6th to November 8th in Chicago will present research regarding the benefits and risks of using antidepressants to treat pregnant women suffering from depression. Though there is uncertain which treatment is optimal, the debate is an important one: 10-14 percent of young women face depression during the prenatal period, and one out of twelve will be treated with antidepressants. Untreated depression can have serious consequences for the mother, as well as cause low birth weight and preterm birth in infants. Exposure to antidepressants also increases risk of preterm birth, as well as risk for restlessness and newborn rigidity and tremor.
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