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Study: Anti-Depression Drugs in Moms Don't Stunt Infant Growth

Michael Kraus

A study at Northwestern University yielded supportive news for pregnant women taking antidepressants: taking the meds does not appear to affect a baby's growth in the first year of life.

The study looked at 174 women: 91 pregnant and with no depression, 46 treating depression with medication, and 31 treating depression without meds. After their babies were born, their growth was measure four times a year. The babies born to the mothers on antidepressants were similar in growth to the babies born to moms not taking meds.

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Dr. Richard Shelton, a University of Alabama psychiatrist, told that other studies have found babies born to mothers on antidepressants are more prone to adverse effects right after birth, due to possible withdrawal from the antidepressants.

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