By Jia Naqvi

April 19, 2017

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Women who take antidepressants early in pregnancy are not at a higher risk

of having children who develop autism or attention deficit hyperactivity

disorder (ADHD), contrary to earlier reports, a study published Tuesday

found.

 

The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association,

found only a slight increase in the risk of premature birth for infants of

mothers who used antidepressants during the first trimester of their

pregnancy. But the researchers found no increase in the risk of autism, ADHD

or reduced fetal growth among children exposed to antidepressants during

fetal development.