Suffering for Two: The Bind of Maternal Depression

Antidepressants Pose Uncertain Risks in Pregnant Women

Participants in an experiment on how depression in mothers affects children.

hide captionParticipants in an experiment on how depression in mothers affects children.

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More women than ever are taking antidepressant medication, including more pregnant women. An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to add a warning that some babies exposed to drugs like Prozac and Paxil during the last trimester of pregnancy developed tremors, jitteriness and even required hospitalization.

While the FDA negotiates with drugmakers over wording, Canada has moved ahead with similar warnings. But researchers warn that not treating depression also poses a risk to mother and child. Sasha Aslanian of American RadioWorks reports in this second of three stories on antidepressant drugs.

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