Women who take antidepressants and learn that they are
pregnant must consider not just the potential risks of the drugs but also the
impact of untreated depression on a developing fetus. Untreated depression could
lead to low birth weight, irritability in the child and developmental delays.
Side effects of antidepressants can be similarly harmful: miscarriage,
premature birth, and breathing problems in newborns. “There’s no path that’s
really risk-free,” Pec Indman, a therapist who specializes in perinatal mood
and anxiety disorders, tells the Chicago