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What should I know if I have depression and I want to get pregnant?
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Current status?
If you are being treated for depression with medication, discuss with prescribing doctor & ob/gyn.
One must weigh benefit v risk to either continue or discontinue medications for depression in a pregnancy. Untreated pregnant women have higher rate of miscarriage, prematurity & postpartum depression. Babies exposed to antidepressants have slight risk of neonatal pulmonary hypertension.

In brief: Current status?
If you are being treated for depression with medication, discuss with prescribing doctor & ob/gyn.
One must weigh benefit v risk to either continue or discontinue medications for depression in a pregnancy. Untreated pregnant women have higher rate of miscarriage, prematurity & postpartum depression. Babies exposed to antidepressants have slight risk of neonatal pulmonary hypertension.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Discuss with doctor
Ideally people dealing with depression should have a discussion with their doctor before pregnancy.
In some cases the medication can be stopped. In other cases, the medication should be continued or changed after a discussion regarding the potential complications. Depression is serious and often the known risks of untreated depression far outweigh the low risk of fetal exposure to medication.

In brief: Discuss with doctor
Ideally people dealing with depression should have a discussion with their doctor before pregnancy.
In some cases the medication can be stopped. In other cases, the medication should be continued or changed after a discussion regarding the potential complications. Depression is serious and often the known risks of untreated depression far outweigh the low risk of fetal exposure to medication.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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