Antidepressants taken by pregnant moms may be linked to autism. As UPI reports, expectant mothers who use antidepressants may increase the chance of their children having autism. The study, performed by Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, found that mothers on antidepressants were twice as likely to have children with autism.
Antidepressant use isn’t the only thing linked to autism risk for unborn children. Another recent study found that pregnant women who live near highways are more likely to have babies with autism. In fact, residing within 1,000 feet of a freeway nearly doubled the chance of giving birth to a child with autism.
Clearly, first-time mothers have a lot to keep track of during pregnancy. Therefore, knowing which autism rumors have research to support them (such as antidepressants and highways) versus the ones that do not seem to have validity (such as vaccines) is important. That said, if you are an expectant mother, be sure to consult a doctor before quitting your antidepressants. Sudden withdrawal from antidepressants may not only exacerbate the symptoms, but also increase the chance of having depression return.