SSRIs and Pregnancy. New Research. New Worries?

    There is new reserach on the use of SSRIs during pregnancy that is unsettling. This study reports that the use of antidepressants during pregnancy may increase the risk of having a child with autism. Tons of folks are understandably reaching out to us for clarification and reassurance. I am writing this only to say that […]

Tokens of Affection Communication Code

When your partner indicates (or when you perceive) a genuine or urgent need to communicate, with a look, a word, a cry, a motion, an utterance, or an outright request, you should: 1) Stop what you are doing. 2) Pay attention. 3) Respond with an expressed and loving intent to address or postpone.   Remember […]

Antidepressants During Pregnancy: Never an easy choice, but…

“Women with prior experience of taking antidepressants and greater illness insight were more likely to use antidepressants during pregnancy.” Interesting, don’t you think? In reviewing the article, Factors Impacting Decisions to Decline or Adhere to Antidepressant Medication in Perinatal Women with Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Deborah Crowley, MD acknowledges the difficult decision to weigh the risks […]

Are Medications “Optional” During Pregnancy?

This is an incredibly interesting post from MGH. The author, Helen Kim, MD, reflects on the dilemma of medicating psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy. I hope you take the time to read it. She does an amazing job simplifying an extremely complex situation. She refers to the notion that we have somehow made taking psychotropic medication […]

Lauren Hale has written a compelling piece on her blog: Sharing the Journey in response to a recent article in Vogue called “Pregnant Pause” which looks at the complex issue of taking antidepressants during pregnancy. Here’s a link to article in vogue to which she responded. Lauren is a strong PPD advocate and articulate voice […]

Pregnancy, Depression, and SSRIs

The American Psychiatric Association issued the following news release: “Therapeutic Dilemma for Pregnant Women with Depression? Higher Premature Birth Rates for Both Untreated Depression and Antidepressant Treatment.” The study found that women with untreated depression during pregnancy and an increase in the rate of preterm births as compared to women who took SSRS antidepressants. Both […]

Antidepressants and Pregnancy

A new study in the November issue British Journal of Clinical pharmacology reports some not-so-good news about Fluoxetine (Prozac) and Paroxetine (Paxil) taken during the first three months of pregnancy while associated with smoking. Women are being advised to remain on the medication until they speak with their doctors but, of course, are being advised […]

More on Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Judy Meehan, executive director of National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition sent the following article which sheds additional light on the use of Omega-3 Fatty acids during pregnancy. Click here to read the article: Whole foods vs supplements by Edward Siguel, MD, PhD Thanks, Judy.

More on Complementary Therapies….

I may be late coming out with this, but I love that there is scientific evidence to support the use of music therapy to reduce stress in pregnant women. “The music group showed significant reductions in stress, anxiety and depression after just two weeks, using three established measurement scales” says Professor Chung-Hey Chen, who is […]

Use of Paxil During Pregnancy

In an article titled “Evaluation of the Risk of Congenital Cardiovascular Defects Associated With Use of Paroxetine During Pregnancy”published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and posted on Motherisk.org, a study has shed new light on a controversial medication concern during pregnancy.Previous studies had shown an association between the use of Paxil and the incidence […]

Pregnant Smokers May be Depressed

Clearly know that smoking is dangerous to the baby can prompt many women to try to quit.(Increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, low birthweight, death from SIDS, and learning and behavior disorders.) According to the research, the estimates are about 12 percent of pregnant women smoke. Highlights from the article: “Dr. Renee Goodwin, a […]

Here’s Another Reason to Quit Smoking

As reported in PEDIATRICS (Vol. 120 No. 3 September 2007, pp. 497-502)researchers in Pennsylvania conducted a small study to determine the short-term effects of smoking and breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and Smoking: Short-term Effects on Infant Feeding and Sleep Julie A. Mennella, PhD, Lauren M. Yourshaw, BA and Lindsay K. Morgan. Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. […]

New Childbirth Resource for Philadelphia Soon

I am thrilled to find out about this resource that is available in NYC and soon Philadelphia. You may already know about it, it’s new to me. Choices in Childbirth will be publishing the very first edition of “The Philadelphia Guide to a Healthy Birth” to be released on Labor Day, (

Another Reason to Treat Depression During Pregnancy? (Or Another Reason to Feel Guilty?)

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 27 (UPI) [pic:allinafamily.com] “Babies born to women who are anxious or depressed while pregnant may have trouble sleeping at night as infants and toddlers, a U.S. report suggests.”The study, published in the journal Early Human Development, (14,000 women in Britain) reports that babies born to anxious or depressed pregnant women were about […]

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