Women Taking Antidepressants While Pregnant
have 'Moderately Higher Risk' of Having a Child with Autism
The Wall Street Journal has reported "a preliminary but provocative new study finds women who take antidepressants during pregnancy have a moderately higher risk of having a child with autism, according to a paper published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
Another study, published in the same issue of the journal and examining autism in pairs of identical and fraternal twins, finds that environmental factors play a greater role than previously believed in the development of autism, underscoring the need to understand nongenetic causes of autism.
The research on antidepressants and autism is thought to be the first to look for and identify such a link. Results indicated a doubling in risk of autism if the mother filled a prescription for antidepressants at any point in the year before delivery. The risk tripled if she filled the prescription during the first trimester of pregnancy .
"Until 1990, less than 1% of pregnant women used antidepressants in the first trimester," the Wall Street Journal revealed, also reporting that antidepressant use by pregnant women grew from 5% in 2000-2002 to 7.5% of pregnant women in 2006-2008.
See the Wall Street Journal article here.
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