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Will my depression have a negative impact on my baby while I am pregnant?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: It can

Depression in the mother is associated with risks to the baby.
The reasons aren't always clear, but consider that depressed mothers often don't eat well, and may not cooperate with prenatal vitamins or checkups. Depression can be treated with psychotherapy at no risk to the fetus, and even antidepressants can be safer for the baby than mother's untreated depression. Ask your doctor.

In brief: It can

Depression in the mother is associated with risks to the baby.
The reasons aren't always clear, but consider that depressed mothers often don't eat well, and may not cooperate with prenatal vitamins or checkups. Depression can be treated with psychotherapy at no risk to the fetus, and even antidepressants can be safer for the baby than mother's untreated depression. Ask your doctor.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depression

Maternal stressors tend to not have effects on the fetus, but new research suggests that in some cases there can be adverse effects.

In brief: Depression

Maternal stressors tend to not have effects on the fetus, but new research suggests that in some cases there can be adverse effects.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Dep. in preg.

Depends on type of dep., treatment received, and support system.

In brief: Dep. in preg.

Depends on type of dep., treatment received, and support system.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Dep. in pregnancy

If stabilized and your support system is strong, it should not have major impact.

In brief: Dep. in pregnancy

If stabilized and your support system is strong, it should not have major impact.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

It is possible. Most of the medications used to treat depression have rare but serious problems in the newborn.
Women whose depression worsens may not eat well or take good care of themselves which could affect the pregnancy.

In brief: Yes

It is possible. Most of the medications used to treat depression have rare but serious problems in the newborn.
Women whose depression worsens may not eat well or take good care of themselves which could affect the pregnancy.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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