Our expert says:
This is actually a very complex quesion, which can only be usefully decided by a detailed consultation betwen the woman and her shrink who knows her psych history, previous and current meds, and can help her make a wise decision.
Over-all, though there are some riks to the baby from many different drug a woman might take dring pregnancy, including antidepressants, and some produce higher risks than others ( and the exent of risk may vary according to the particular stage of pregnancy ) there are also sigificant risks to the mother AND baby from letting a significant depression or bipolar disorder go untreated. So the judgement has to be a balance f risks.
But taking just a few of the drugs is the worst of both worlds, as it may still produce a risk, but can't produce a benefit.
ALso, CBT type counselling / psychotherapy can be really effective in treating depression, with no risk at all. Her gynae or shrink can advise on specific risks to the baby ; withdrawal problems are not usually what causes concern.
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