Pregnancy and Depression- Prenatal Use of SSRI’s May be Associated with Increased Autism and ASD

pregnant-heartIf you are going to be pregnant and if you can live without antidepressants, then it may be worth getting off the antidepressants, at least the SSRI’s according to this study.  With the rate of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) now reaching 1 in 50, I think it is worth doing all we can to minimize the risks to our future children.  Studies have been inconsistent as related to the risks of autism from mom’s taking SSRI (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors) but this study does suggest there may be a risk. 

The other areas (common sense) important in reducing risks of harming your unborn child:

1. Avoid Toxins (don’t inject toxins while pregnant- no vaccines), eat organic, drink filtered water and avoid fish.

2. Get your nutrients (prenatal with iodine, extra vitamin D (5000IU daily), purified fish oil or lots of flax and omega-3’s, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

3. IF VEGETARIAN- take Methyl-B12 and get a wide variety of protein (nuts , legumes, whole grains, eggs, and dairy)

4. Avoid stress! Live in a community that is supportive, and avoid toxic people.


You can read the abstract for this study here….



Dr. Paul

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