Guidelines for dealing with pregnant depression

August 21, 2009 2:56:02 PM PDT
The first ever guidelines on how to safely and effectively deal with pregnant women suffering from depression have just been issued. As many as 23 percent of pregnant women will experience a depressive disorder while pregnant. But many worry antidepressants will be bad for the baby.

A new report to be published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology now provides guidelines. After reviewing extensive studies, researchers found using antidepressants can sometimes be the safest option for both the baby and mother. And while the drugs can cause risks, no treatment can be just as risky.

If symptoms are mild, and a woman responds to therapy, it may be okay to taper of medication.

Also, the report finds psychotherapy may be a suitable alternative for some women with mild to moderate depression.