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Taking THIS While Pregnant Increases Autism Risk By 87%, Says Study

New Study Highlights Increased Risks

Take note.

For a long time, the anti-vaccination movement claimed that vaccines increased the chances of autism in children. Though those claims have been disputed by multiple scientific journals and studies, there’s a new and scarily true threat that links antidepressants to autism.

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics has found that taking antidepressants during pregnancy increases the child’s risk of autism by 87 percent. Meaning that mothers who filled prescriptions during the second or third trimesters of their pregnancy increased the risk.

To come to this conclusion, researchers studied 145,456 children from conception to age 10, and included factors like genetic predisposition to autism, depression, socio-economic factors (like poverty), and maternal age of the mother.

But why the risk? The study suggests that, because antidepressants are known to inhibit serotonin, and because serotonin is an important part of pre- and postnatal development, the lack of this necessary hormone doesn’t allow the child’s brain to develop properly.

Lead researcher professor Anick Bérard, from the Université de Montréal and the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre, says that mothers should consider other treatment options to help with maternal depression, which accounts for 20 percent of an increased risk for autism.

“Given the mounting evidence showing increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcome with antidepressant use during pregnancy … depression should be treated with other options (other than antidepressants) during this critical period,” Bérard says.

“Indeed, 80 to 85 percent of depressed pregnant women are mildly to moderately depressed; exercise and psychotherapy have been shown to be efficacious to treat depression in this sub-group. Therefore, we acknowledge that depression is a serious condition but that antidepressants are not always the best solution.”

This is huge news for all women who are planning to become pregnant in the future. Given these new findings, women should be aware of the risks associated with depression and seek out alternative treatment to using antidepressants.

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  1. Imogen 04/04/2016 at 9:19 pm

    Check with your doctor but many SSRIs and SNRIs are safe to take while pregnant/breastfeeding. I was worried about it, so I talked to my OBs and the staff at my hospital. There is no credible link between anti-depressants and autism. It is dangerous for many women to come off their medications and safe for them to continue taking them while pregnant. The author needs to cool it. Also the author doesn’t seem to understand how anti-depressant medications work. They get it completely backwards, as has been pointed out repeatedly in other comments. I hope this author has done some learning since writing this.

  2. Cinda 03/08/2016 at 9:06 pm

    The suggestions in this article are great and should definitely be followed – “but also, don’t vaccinate” says the mother of a 26 year old son who started showing autistic tendencies following his 18 month shots. Why just stop with antidepressants in the mother. You must cover as many bases as possible. Only then you might be fortunate enough not to have this horrible affliction something you deal with 24/7/365.

  3. jen 03/04/2016 at 4:46 pm

    I am going to be generous and assume this was posted out of ignorance and not malice. Because at best it is ignorant and at worst, stupid and willfully intending harm. Five minutes of Googling could have explained to you (author) the glaring flaws that you’ve posted. Shame on you.

  4. Patricia Rhodes 02/25/2016 at 2:31 am

    This is possibly the most irresponsible and ignorant scare-mongering I have ever read. The very fact that they say ‘anti-depressants inhibit serotonin’ demonstrates their complete ignorance of the medical facts.The SSRI antidepressants (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors) actually inhibit the reuptake of serotonin (hence the name) which means it KEEPS THE SEROTONIN IN THE BRAIN. One of the causes of chronic depression is a lack of serotonin in the brain. If women stop taking their SSRI they will be reducing their serotonin. Not that that would cause autism anyway.

  5. Allison 02/24/2016 at 11:19 am

    Seems like pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) would do the same. Also, not all antidepressants are SSRIS or SNRI.

  6. Robin S 02/23/2016 at 11:15 am

    SSRI Anti-Depressants do not reduce the amount of Seratonim in the brain. Period. They actually increase the amount of seratonim bathing the brain. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors limit Saratonim’s reabsorption into the presynaptic cell, which then means an increase of the level of serotonin available to the brain.

  7. Pw 01/29/2016 at 7:51 pm

    This overstates the risk tremendously. If the risk before was 1%, sith needed medicines it is 1.87%. While higher, you still have 98% chance you won’t have autistic child. If mother needs meds, creaking her out into not taking them could damage her health, baby’s health and her relationship.

  8. mallory mcguire 01/22/2016 at 12:49 pm

    Antidepressants don’t “inhibit serotonin” They are called SSRIs Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors) because they keep the serotonin that is produced during synapse from being re-absorbed too quickly, which causes depression due to a lack of serotonin. This means with anti-depressant use, serotonin stays in the brain longer than if it were being reabsorbed too quickly, which is a contributor to depression.

    • Mary Belczak 01/23/2016 at 5:24 pm

      That is true, Mallory. I also caught that mistake in the article. Anti-depressants increase serotonin. However, I have read that anti-depressants contain fluoride, which may play a role in increasing autism. They need to do more studies considering that factor.