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Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?

Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?

No evidence found: No peer-reviewed scientific studies implicate venlafaxine as a teratogen or an epigenetic factor in autism. Venlafaxine, an snri, & most ssri antidepressants. Are class c because their use during the 3rd trimester may cause transient withdrawal-type symptoms in a neonate vs. A 67% recurrence of maternal depression if withdrawn abruptly. Lawyers can and do attack drug companies without evidence. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What causes depression in pregnancy?

What causes depression in pregnancy?

Many reasons: The hormone Progesterone is probably a major reason. However other factors could be involved such as past history of depression, stress at work or home, concerns about money, etc. ...Read more

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Is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

Is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

?: There seems to be major lawsuits against the maker of Celexa on-going (stating that citalopram use is associated with autism). Frankly, I am not sure how strong the causal link is (if any). I will be interested to see the studies behind this. ...Read more

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Any pregnancy problems in thin women with thyroiditis?

Any pregnancy problems in thin women with thyroiditis?

Several.: Preterm birth, small babies and preeclampsia are all more common among women with thyroiditis. Seek maternal-fetal medicine care to avoid/minimize such complications and optimally manage your thyroid function throughout pregnancy and postpartum. ...Read more

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Can manic depression or regular depression run in the family?

Can manic depression or regular depression run in the family?

Yes: that can occur. But there is usually a mix of genetics and environment at play. There may be skip generations. Penetrance for genetic predispositions is variable. You might look at a family line and see that one person has unipolar depression, another is bipolar, one has anxiety disorders and another suffers from substance abuse. In other words- it is not as simple as bipolar begets bipolar. ...Read more

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Palpitation in first trimester of pregnancy in pco?

Palpitation in first trimester of pregnancy in pco?

Not sure: I am not sure i understand the question. Palpitations can occur at specific times such as late at night when you are lying down. Or they can occur after drinking coffee or alcohol. In some cases they are more common during or after exercise. Sometimes the timing helps us in treatment. (if they always occur after alcohol for instance). Then you could mean how long they last, (momentary or hours). ...Read more

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Could depression during pregnancy cause low cortisol levels in the baby?

Could depression during pregnancy cause low cortisol levels in the baby?

No: One study shows that infants of depressed mothers actually had slightly higher cortisol levels than others, especially if the mom had anxiety also: http://tinyurl.Com/k5cgwfo these changes no longer existed at 18 mo, perhaps when the infants' self-regulatory abilities kick in. Maternal depression can have other effects on infant development, though: http://tinyurl.Com/ltlfasx. ...Read more

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Can suicide/ depression run in the family?

Can suicide/ depression  run in the family?

Sure: Bipolar & depression are often seen across generations, suggesting a genetic basis. But, families also behaviorally "inherit" coping skills & levels of "differentiation" from prior generations. A person w/ mood problems may be attracted to & marry a person w/ mood problems (same level of differentiation), enhancing the chances that their children will have mood probs. Makes it look all genetic! ...Read more

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How could a history of depression/being on antidepressants restrict your opportunities in the united states?

Depression: A history of depression should not affect your opportunities in the us. Your medical information is private, according to hippaa laws. You should not have to disclose your history of depression to potential employers. If, however, you choose to disclose your history to your employer, be aware that some employers may treat you differently due to prejudice against people with mental health issues. ...Read more

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In pregnancy, can hCG level of 25ml/iu rise to 600 in 2-3 days?

In pregnancy, can hCG level of 25ml/iu rise to 600 in 2-3 days?

Absolutely: Early in pregnancy, HCG can rise precipitously, but in a fairly predictable way. This early rise actually forms the basis of home pregnancy tests. ...Read more

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Had miscarriage at 42, 1st pregnancy. Could the hormonal changes from the pregnancy induce menopause in any way?

Had miscarriage at 42, 1st pregnancy. Could the hormonal changes from the pregnancy induce menopause in any way?

Not at all: Sorry about the miscarriage. No neither pregnancy nor menopause influences the other: endocrinological (hormonally) you can almost think of them as opposite ends of the same situation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is Pregnancy possible without production of HCG harmone in first trimester? Been reading lot of real cases in online forums.any Medical explanation?

Is Pregnancy possible without  production of HCG harmone in first trimester? Been reading lot of real cases in online forums.any Medical explanation?

No: In real life, beta HCG is required in early pregnancy to help keep levels of progesterone up, and support the baby embryo and fetus in other ways. On the internet, however, anyone can post any story. ...Read more

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I'm in my second trimester of pregnancy. I'm very happy for baby! are these emotions common in pregnancy?

I'm in my second trimester of pregnancy. I'm very happy for baby! are these emotions common in pregnancy?

Yes: It is wonderful to be happy about your baby, and many other women feel this way when pregnant too. If you have any concerns at all about your emotions in pregnancy, be sure to tell your obgyn physician. ...Read more

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In the united states. Is morbid obesity in teens happening more?

In the united states. Is morbid obesity in teens happening more?

Yes: Overweight/obesity/morbid obesity has increased in all pediatric age groups (2-18 years old) every year since 1980. ...Read more

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During pregnancy, are depression & anxiety and low potassium somehow related?

During pregnancy, are depression & anxiety and low potassium somehow related?

Not necessarily: During pregnancy, some women (especially those with prior histories of depression and anxiety) can be at risk for developing depression and anxiety. This can be related to the physical and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy as well as the stress of the pregnancy (change is stressful even when it is a good change). Low potassium is not directly related to either, but can also occur. ...Read more

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What is your perception about multiple pregnancy risks in pregnant women?

What is your perception about multiple pregnancy risks in pregnant women?

Several: Multiple gestation (meaning twins, triplets) increases the risk of several complications during pregnancy including but not limited to: going into labor early, breaking your bag of water early, bedrest and hospitalization, c-section, diabetes in pregnancy, preeclampsia, death of a baby in utero and improper growth of one or more of the babies. ...Read more

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Who's at risk in depression?

Who's at risk in depression?

Most people...: We are all at risk of suffering depression particularly if stress becomes chronic and unmanageable. Genetics plays a role. Early childhood loss of the mother; divorced people and those unhappily married may be at higher risk. Poverty and lower socio-economic status, adult children of alcoholics may be at higher risk. Alcoholism and substance abuse are risk factors.Women report more mde than men. ...Read more

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Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Stress: Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues. How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism. ...Read more

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Losing all 4 of grandparents before age 12, can it cause depression at older age as 20? What can lose of family member health prob can occur?

Losing all 4 of grandparents before age 12, can it cause depression at older age as 20? What can lose of family member health prob can occur?

Yes, it can: Losing four gradparents can cause a complicated ptsd with depression. The body's and brain's chemical response in grief is identical to that of post traumatic stress disorder, which can occur as a delayed reaction later in life, especially if triggered by something similar such as the loss of a boyfriend or anyone you may know. Please see your family doctor for a physical ; refer to a psychiatrist. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kent
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Douglas Lawson
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Depression In Pregnancy (Definition)

Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to ...Read more