Researchers found an association between SSRIs such as Paxin and Prozac and preterm birth. “We found prenatal exposure to SSRIs was associated with decreed growth of the head, but not decreased growth of the body,” said head researcher Hana El Marroun.
Although this does become more complicated.
They also found that depressed women, who were not taking SSRIs, babies had both smaller heads and smaller bodies.
The researchers also point out that anti-depressants are only one possible treatment, and that psychological treatment could be used instead.
No one really knows what SSRIs do, or how they affect the whole body. The idea that SSRIs work by affecting brain serotonin is not just unproven theory. It's a bad theory. Anytime you hear a doctor or medical researcher talk about how SSRI produce certain effects by working on serotonin, they are basically just speculating.
What we do know, is that SSRIs affect the brain, and the rest of the body in numerous ways, creating long lists of “side effects.” Medical doctors and psychiatrists often do not warm patients about these numerous side effects, which include horrible withdrawal symptoms that force patients to remain on these toxic medications.
It would not be easy to calculate the amount of harm done (to mothers and their babies), by giving pregnant women SSIRs, instead of proper health care.
In case of depression, I recommend a full medical history be taken, followed by steps to treat the person. What treatment might be depends upon individual circumstances. There is no cookie cutter protocol in natural health. The following list is some common problems and treatments. This is not a complete comprehensive list.
- Therapy for psychological issues.
- Hormonal imbalance (low/high cortisol, hypothyroidism)
- Poor nutrition, including low protein, amino acid deficiency, low vitamins B6, B12, folate, magnesium or generally poor nutrition
- Eliminating allergenic foods
- Poor digestive function, including but not limited to poor absorption of nutrients, or candida
SOURCES: Hanan El Marroun, Ph.D., department of child and adolescent psychiatry, Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Michael O’Hara, Ph.D., professor, psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City; March 5, 2012, Archives of General Psychiatry, online