A new OHSU study has found there is no strong evidence to guide the use of antidepressants by women during pregnancy and just after birth. The findings come from a team led by Marian S. McDonagh, Pharm.D., professor of medical informatics & clinical epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine, and are published online in the September 2014 edition of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
“We were very surprised that the existing research allows no clear consensus,” McDonagh said. “After all, depression during pregnancy is common, with estimates ranging from 5 to 30 percent of all women who become pregnant. And there is evidence that depression during pregnancy is associated with adverse outcomes for mother and child.”