Being pregnant is one of the most wonderful things in life, but it also implies a lot of threats. Even though there are things supposed to be safe for the mother, they can have a negative effect on the baby. According to a new study, future mothers who use antidepressants are putting their babies in danger. The children could develop language disorders due to those drugs.
Depression is one of the most common mental diseases of the century. There are many women who take antidepressants, called also selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. Researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center and Turku University, Finland, found a connection between SSRIs and language issues.
Children of mothers who took at least two prescriptions of antidepressants while pregnant, were more likely to develop language disorders than those who did not use any drugs. It seems that those children have problems when they try to learn new words or they want to articulate sounds.
SSRIs are efficient when it comes to depression. They proved to help patients feel better and treated mental issues because they are able to block the serotonin in the brain. However, if you are pregnant, you should think again before taking them. SSRIs are dangerous for the baby. During the years, they discovered that antidepressants are responsible for heart defects and even autism in children. This happens because these drugs are able to get into the placenta, which is protecting the baby while he grows.
We are expecting more research regarding this issue. Researchers want to find out how SSRIs are able to cause language disorders. There are scientists who think that the drugs are affecting the growing brain of the baby because they are connected with the serotonin. As we already know, serotonin is really important for the brain development. While the drug helps the mother, it is possible that the brain of the fetus to be affected. The biggest impact could be on the neural ways of the speech.
It is not easy for future mothers to suffer from depression. A good advice would be to try alternative medicine instead of using antidepressants. Not only that you could feel better, but your child will not be in danger. SSRIs are more dangerous than we could have thought for your future baby.
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