Taking antidepressants in pregnancy affects the baby’s brain

Taking antidepressants in pregnancy affects the baby's brain

A neurologist and pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of the University of Helsinki (Finland), Heli Malm , has just published a study in which it is suggested that the intake of antidepressants during pregnancy could affect the brain, which pregnant mothers should In the first place, receive a non-pharmacological treatment to combat anxiety and depression .

It is the first time that the so-called serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which 5% of pregnancies take, have been studied in brain activity in the brain activity of newborns outside of other consequences of postnatal development.

The study analyzed 22 mothers who were taking antidepressants and 62 who were not taking drugs . In children whose mothers had taken drugs during pregnancy, communication between the two cerebral hemispheres was more disorganized and the synchronization between cortical rhythms was weaker.

The findings will be detailed in the next issue of the journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).

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