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Quick Stats on Pregnancy and SSRIs

March 21, 2009

According to data from the FDA MedWatch system, from 2004-2007, an estimated 2,900 babies died via spontaneous abortion because of SSRI antidepressants given to pregnant women. Studies demonstrate that antidepressants double spontaneous abortions and stillbirths and quintuple preterm births. Babies exposed to SSRIs in pregnancy have a six-fold increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), a potentially fatal lung problem. Nearly one third of women who take SSRIs during pregnancy have a baby who dies, is premature or underweight, or who has seizures.

These two graphs show the reports to the FDA over a four year period of the actual versus estimated injuries to babies from SSRI antidepressants (FDA estimates only 1-10% of adverse events get reported)

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