In this episode, I talk with Dr. Alyssa Hickert about the safety of medications in pregnancy including antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics. She educates us on intrusive thoughts and how they showed up for her when she had her own baby.
TLDR: Many psychiatric medications are safe. It's important to have a discussion with your provider about the best choice for you.
We talk about the resource MotherToBaby which you can use to search for the medication you are on and receive digestible, evidence-based information about it during pregnancy.
Articles Referenced During Episode
Maloney, S. E., Rogers, C. E., & Constantino, J. N. (2020). Antidepressants, pregnancy, and autism: Setting the record(s) straight. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 177(6), 479–481. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.2020.20040418
Perry, A., Gordon-Smith, K., Di Florio, A., Craddock, N., Jones, L., & Jones, I. (2021). Mood episodes in pregnancy and risk of postpartum recurrence in bipolar disorder: The Bipolar Disorder Research Network Pregnancy Study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 294, 714–722. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.07.067
Smith, S., Martin, F., Rai, D., & Forbes, H. (2022). The association between antidepressant use during pregnancy and miscarriage: A systematic review and meta-analysis. http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4046664.
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