• Caffeine and Pregnancy: How Much is Safe?

    Many women ask about the safety of drinking caffeinated beverages during pregnancy. A recent study looked at this question, analyzing data from the NICHD Fetal Growth Studies–Singletons, which included a group of 2,055 nonsmoking women at low risk for fetal growth problems.  Caffeine consumption was evaluated using plasma concentrations of caffeine and paraxanthine (a metabolite of caffeine) and self-reported caffeinated beverage consumption at 10 to 13 weeks gestation.

    Probiotics for Prenatal Depression and Anxiety: Underscoring the Need for More Research

    Although we have data on the reproductive safety of various medications used to treat anxiety, many women would understandably prefer to avoid medications when possible.  Many women ask about alternative treatments, including dietary supplements, herbal [...]

    Valproic Acid: Highlighting Risk and Modifying Prescribing Patterns in Reproductive Age Women

    For clinicians who have not yet discovered the incredibly thoughtful and clinically practical monthly articles from Chittaranjan Andrade in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, it’s time to take a look.  (Not only are these articles [...]

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