Antidepressants linked to preterm birth

The US review of 41 observational cohort studies found that taking antidepressants at any time during pregnancy increased the risk of preterm birth by 53%, after adjusting for maternal age, smoking, alcohol use and history of prematurity or miscarriage.

The risk of preterm birth was 16% when antidepressants were taken in the first trimester and 96% when taken in the third trimester.

When comparing to women not taking antidepressants but who had a psychiatric illness, antidepressants in pregnancy increased the risk of preterm birth by 61%, and by 88% when

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