Use of antidepressants during pregnancy does not affect child development, according to a prospective study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Researchers compared mother?child pairs who were exposed to tricyclic antidepres-sants (n = 46) or fluoxetine (n = 40) during gestation with an unexposed, nonde-pressed control group (n = 36). Neither tricyclic antidepressants nor fluoxetine affected the child?s global IQ, language development, or behavior.
Instead, the mothers? depression was associated with impaired cognitive and language achievement among their children.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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