The March of Dimes is an organization dedicated to reducing birth defects, and fostering healthy babies. According to their website “as many as 1 out of 5 women have symptoms of depression during pregnancy.”
Depression and pregnancy is a difficult combination that requires medical advice. Symptoms can range from severe to mild, and if you have been depressed before, pregnancy can rekindle the condition.
Depression itself can be harmful to the woman and her baby, and so are some of the medications, like Zoloft.
The March of Dimes advises pregnant women to consult a team of medical professionals if possible: “The provider who is caring for her during her pregnancy, a mental health professional, and the provider who will take care of the baby after birth. Together, the team and the woman decide what is best for her and her baby. “
Studies show that Zoloft increases the risk of certain birth defects such as: Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), congenital heart defects, cranial defects, and malformed limbs. Experts all seem to agree that it is also dangerous to “stop taking your medication without first talking to your health provider.”
Depressed women may have trouble taking care of themselves or their growing babies, and some with major depression may even harm themselves. Medical advice is paramount.
If you or a loved one have taken Zoloft while pregnant, then please contact us today.