New research from the University College London has shown that women who take antidepressant medication during pregnancy are not at greater risk of giving birth to children with congenital heart defects compared to pregnant women not exposed to drugs.
According to Dr. Irene Peterson, the lead author of the study, the pregnant women often receive conflicting information on whether they should start taking or continue taking antidepressants during pregnancy. It has led many women to cease taking the antidepressants for fear of the adverse effects of antidepressants.
According to the study, the problems that cause congenital heart problems in children are weight, diabetes, age of the woman, illicit drug use and alcohol.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.