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if the father takes antidepressants at conception can the unborn baby be affected or be born with birth defects?

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Dr. Frank Lane
38 years experience Psychiatry
Not likely!: It is highly unlikely that a father taking antidepressants when his wife conceives, would expect any effect on the developing fetus. A large review of women taking antidepressants before and during pregnancy failed to find any major adverse effect. Consider what the effect of a clinical depression, in either mother or father, might have on a developing fetus. Many "self-medicate" w/alcohol, etc.
Answered on Apr 30, 2016
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
In men, only the healthy swimmers can fertilize the egg.To some degree, that reduces most of the issues of toxic exposures on the male contribution to pregnancy.
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