SSRI treatment in the post-partum period (and for years thereafter) may bring benefits to both mother and baby.

Many women wonder about the risks of taking an SSRI for the first time or taking one while breastfeeding. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association explored how SSRIs can affect mothers and babies in the post-partum period. The study looked at mother-child pairs, in which the mother was treated with an SSRI for post-partum depression (PPD). The researchers found that several factors improved for the mothers with post-partum treated with SSRIs, including the mother’s post-partum depression symptoms and the child’s external behaviors, such as aggression. The JAMA study also found that up to year post-partum, children of mothers who were treated with SSRI’s were less likely to exhibit signs of ADHD. The study did not show a statistically significant increase in motor or verbal delays in children of SSRI-treated mothers.

At CalPsychiatry several providers specialize in maternal mental health and can walk you or your loved one through potential options in the peripartum and post-partum period. Depression can incur a severe toll on women and their families prior to, during, and after childbirth. Call today to book at one of our convenient locations.


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