Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and adverse pregnancy outcomes

Some of the SSRIs have been promoted as safe during pregnancy, and yet I have major concerns with the damage to the developing fetus. Anytime a fetus is exposed to high levels of something (such as cortisol from a PTSD mother, glucose from gestational diabetes or, in this case, much higher levels of serotonin) the chance for a bad outcome after birth, when those high levels are no longer present, is there.

From this study, we see the risk to the fetus is actually quite serious. I would also recommend avoiding this class of drugs during breastfeeding as well for the same reasons.

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.