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Despite Dangers, Doctors Still Prescribing Antidepressants to Pregnant Women

When women are pregnant, they are warned to be vigilant about everything they do because it may be dangerous to their unborn child. In many cases, the “don’ts” far exceed the “do’s” including ingesting many kinds of over-the-counter and prescription medications. Pregnant women, like most patients, rely on their doctors to know which of those medications will pose those dangerous threats to unborn babies. And yet, despite the numerous studies that have been done about the dangers of giving pregnant women antidepressants, doctors continue to write out prescriptions.

The most recent study was done by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The study found that pregnant women who are prescribed antidepressants during their second and third trimesters of pregnancy face a higher risk of giving birth too early.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the leading cause of death infant death is premature birth. A premature birth is one that occurs at three weeks or more before the infant’s due date. Premature births can cause many medical problems for a baby including cerebral palsy, respiratory issues or breathing problems, digestive issues, hearing loss, visual loss, and intellectual disabilities.

There has been a marked increase in premature births over the past two decades. Statistics show that one out of every eight babies is born too early. At the same time, there has also been a marked increase in the use of antidepressants prescribed to pregnant women over the past 20 years. This study, as well as several others that have been conducted over the past ten years, suggests a correlation between the two.

If your baby has suffered illness or injuries caused by any prenatal care of negligence during delivery, contact an experienced North Carolina medical malpractice attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have.  

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