Question mark over antidepressants in pregnancy
A new study has cast doubt on the safety of taking antidepressants in pregnancy.
Children exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in utero may have an increased risk of developing a minor brain malformation known as Chiari I malformation (CIM), a small US study found.
It is estimated that over 10% of pregnant women take SSRIs but research on its effects on the developing fetus has yielded conflicting results. In a bid to address this gap, researchers from the University of North Carolina