Pregnancy Depression: There Are Treatment Options

TMS is an alternative treatment to medication for Pregnancy Depression

Perhaps another reason to consider transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, therapy for depression in pregnancy, which treats maternal depression but avoids systemic fetal drug exposure:

“Untreated maternal depression was associated with slower rates of fetal body and head growth. Pregnant mothers treated with SSRIs had fewer depressive symptoms and their fetuses had no delay in body growth but had delayed head growth and were at increased risk for preterm birth. Further research on the implications of these findings is needed.

— Conclusion from Maternal Use of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, Fetal Growth, and Risk of Adverse Birth Outcomes [Original Article] by El Marroun, H., Jaddoe, V. W. V., Hudziak, J. J., Roza, S. J., Steegers, E. A. P., Hofman, A., Verhulst, F. C., White, T. J. H., Stricker, B. H. C., Tiemeier, H.   Published online March 5, 2012. Arch Gen Psychiatry. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.233.

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