In March the Department of Epidemiology at Aarhus University released a study on the effects of prenatal antidepressants on a newborn’s brain development. This study found that if a mother took antidepressants during her second or third trimester, the child was slower to learn to sit and walk.  Since there are critical periods in brain development, there may be long term detriments to meeting major developmental milestones later than normal.

I say this only to expose some previously unexpected side effects of antidepressants, not to scare anyone. I find many prescibing MDs are not mentioning this to my patients. All drugs have side effects, and if you are pregnant they affect you and your child. Therefore, exhaust all other options before considering medication.