Study backs SSRI safety in pregnancy

The use of antidepressants during pregnancy is not linked to a higher overall risk of stillbirth and death in newborns, a large study finds.

The Swedish study of more than 1.6 million births in five Nordic countries included nearly 30,000 women who had filled a prescription for an SSRI during pregnancy.

The researchers found that the 1.79% of mothers exposed to an SSRI had higher rates of stillbirth (4.62 versus 3.69 per 1000) and postneonatal death