Psych Meds Increase Risk for Preterm Delivery

November 11, 2009 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Psych Meds Increase Risk for Preterm Delivery
Big Pharma has no scruples when it comes to target markets. Children are high on the list – and pregnant women have moved into the crosshairs. The infamous Mother’s Act has now passed the House and sits in committee in the Senate. A new study shows1 that any woman taking psych meds during pregnancy doubles her risk of a pre-term delivery. That risk triples if the woman also has a history of depression. The news is unlikely to phase the Big Pharma push to get 80% of pregnant women on meds.

There are so many safe things women can do to support their mood, as needed, during pregnancy. Psych meds are not one of them. I explain what the Mother’s Act is all about in a posting I did titled, Branding Pregnancy as Mental Illness.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Psych Meds and Premature Delivery  Women's Health Issues  Amelia R. Gavin, Claudia Holzman, Kristine Siefert, Yan Tian

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