Antidepressant use in pregnancy low

An analysis of data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, which included 5107 infants, also found mothers who took antidepressants had higher depression scores and their child was more likely to have sleep problems.

“GPs should be cautious in prescribing antidepressants to not only pregnant women but all women who may become pregnant. A GP needs to be sure of the psychiatric diagnosis and the relative severity and course of depression for that individual,” said lead author Associate Professor Andrew Lewis of the School of Psychology at Deakin University.