Maternal antidepressant use and adverse outcomes: a cohort study of 228,876 pregnancies

von freakoutcrazy

by ajog


The purpose of this study was to describe antidepressant medication use patterns during pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes.

Study Design

We evaluated a cohort of 228,876 singleton pregnancies that were covered by Tennessee Medicaid, 1995-2007.


Of 23,280 pregnant women with antidepressant prescriptions before pregnancy, 75% of them filled none in the second or third trimesters of pregnancy, and 10.7% of them used antidepressants throughout pregnancy. Filling 1, 2, and ≥3 antidepressant prescriptions during the second trimester was associated with shortened gestational age by 1.7 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.2–2.3), 3.7 (95% CI, 2.8–4.6), and 4.9 (95% CI, 3.9–5.8) days, when controlled for measured confounders. Third-trimester selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor use was associated with infant convulsions; adjusted odds ratios were 1.4 (95% CI, 0.7–2.8); 2.8 (95% CI, 1.9–5.5); and 4.9 (95% CI, 2.6–9.5) for filling 1, 2, and ≥3 prescriptions, respectively.


Most women discontinue antidepressant medications before or during the first trimester of pregnancy. Second-trimester antidepressant use is associated with preterm birth, and third-trimester selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor use is associated with infant convulsions.