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will my depression have adverse effects on my baby?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: It is possible. Many of the medications used to treat pregnancy have a rare but serious side effect in the baby called primary pulmonary hypertension and increased neonatal jitteriness. If being off your meds means your depression worsens and you are not eating properly that could affect the baby's growth.
Answered on Oct 12, 2013
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Dr. Armand Braun
38 years experience Psychiatry
There is some evidence (besides those mentioned) that experiencing significant depression during pregnancy may biologically set up hard wiring in the fetus to experience greater depression and anxiety in their lives. Also if the mothers depression continues into the infants first 1 year of life that in itself can have negative hard wiring on the infant- depression and anxiety.
Oct 12, 2013

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