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Weekly Roundup for JANUARY 20, 2017: Recent Publications in Women’s Mental Health

Happy New Year!  We are not even three weeks into January, and it promises to be a busy year.  At the top of the list is the study from Cantarutti and colleagues which observed that depression in itself, rather than antidepressant medication, might increase risk for preterm birth and low birth weight. There are also […]

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PTSD Symptoms Common in Women After Miscarriage

Early pregnancy loss (EPL) is common, affecting up to 25% of pregnancies.  Studies looking at the emotional consequences of miscarriage have shown that most women do well; however, some women experience clinically significant symptoms of depression and anxiety.  In addition, at least one study has demonstrated that prior pregnancy loss is associated with higher levels […]

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Worse Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Bipolar Disorder

When we meet women for consultations regarding the use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy, we focus primarily on the impact of medications on the developing fetus and the pregnancy.  However, we need also to address the impact of psychiatric illness in the mother on the pregnancy.  In studies of pregnant women with unipolar depression, it […]

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Preliminary Study: Vitamin D Deficiency in Pregnancy and Behavioral Problems in Offspring

The active form of vitamin D is produced by the human body as a byproduct of natural sun exposure; it is also found in certain foods, including some kinds of fish, egg yolks, and fortified dairy and grain products.  Certain people – those with decreased sun exposure or diets with low vitamin D – may […]

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Cannabis and Pregnancy: Increasing Use, Still Not Enough Data on Safety

We are seeing an increasing number of women in our clinic who are using marijuana on a regular basis — recreationally and medically prescribed — to help them manage various psychiatric symptoms, including depression and anxiety.  This is no surprise given that many states have or are now moving forward with the legalization of medical […]

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In Brief: Higher Thyroid Function During Pregnancy May Negatively Affect Brain Development

It is well established that during pregnancy maternal hypothyroidism may have negative effects on the developing fetal brain. New data presented at the 2015 International Thyroid Congress and Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association (ITC/ATA) suggests that maternal hyperthyroidism, or higher than normal levels of thyroxine (T4), in early pregnancy may also have negative […]

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Antidepressant Effects on Motor Development Minimal, According to New Study

When we meet with women to discuss the reproductive safety of antidepressant medications, one of the most challenging and anxiety-provoking aspects of the consultation is the discussion we have regarding the long-term effects of prenatal antidepressant exposure on the child.  Does antidepressant exposure during the earliest stages of brain development have lasting effects? Because studies […]

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SSRI Antidepressants and PPHN: Much Lower Risk Than Previously Reported

In 2006, Chambers and colleagues published an article linking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant use during late pregnancy to an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn (PPHN). PPHN is a cardiovascular syndrome typically occurring in full-term or near-term infants. After birth, the infant’s pulmonary vascular resistance remains high; blood is shunted […]

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In Brief: Study Finds No Link Between Antipsychotics and Gestational Diabetes

Given the number of younger women using atypical antipsychotic medications, we need more accurate data regarding the reproductive safety of these medications. To better understand the link between antipsychotic medication and medical conditions associated with pregnancy, including gestational diabetes and hypertension, researchers compared pregnancy outcomes in 1,021 pregnant women taking antipsychotic medication to outcomes in […]

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You Asked: Gabapentin (Neurontin) and Pregnancy

While gabapentin (Neurontin) is now used in a wide variety of clinical settings — for epilepsy, pain management, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, and sleep disturbance – there is relatively little information regarding its reproductive safety.  Most recently, a prospective study from researchers at the Motherisk program reports on the outcomes of 223 pregnancies exposed to gabapentin […]

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