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Treating depression during pregnancy -- an uncomfortable dilemma

Battling depression takes on a whole new meaning when you're pregnant, because there's an inherent Catch 22: Do you take medications, which could be hazardous for the baby? Or do you refuse drugs, which also has risks?Studies suggest that both antidepressants and major depression are associated with poor outcomes for newborns, a story by MyHealthNewsDaily reports, and researchers are trying to f

Battling depression takes on a whole new meaning when you're pregnant, because there's an inherent Catch 22: Do you take medications, which could be hazardous for the baby? Or do you refuse drugs, which also has risks?

Studies suggest that both antidepressants and major depression are associated with poor outcomes for newborns, a story by MyHealthNewsDaily reports, and researchers are trying to figure out which approach - treating or not treating - is actually best for the unborn child. 

Regardless of the choice, health experts agree that women need to seek medical advice. 

Kathryn Hirst, director of the Maternal Mental Health Clinic at the University of California, San Diego, told MHND:

I think there's a myth out there that the medications are inherently bad during pregnancy, when the reality is that depression and anxiety can be bad and cause significant problems in pregnancy and postpartum. And so for the mom, she really needs to look at what's worse, being depressed or anxious, and how that impacts me and potentially the baby, or taking the medication. It really is a discussion a woman needs to have with an informed doctor or health care provider.

 Did you suffer from depression during pregnancy? Share your experiences.