Antidepressants are linked to higher gestational diabetes risk in a new study


CANADA (WEHT/CNN) – A new study found a correlation between pregnant women who took antidepressants and an increased risk of gestational diabetes, which can increase the risk of complications for both mother and baby.

The study looked at more than 237,000 pregnancies in Canada.

Out of those pregnancies, more than 20,000 included cases of gestational diabetes.

And among those cases, more than 1,100 women had also been exposed to antidepressants.

How long a woman took the medication also factored into her increased risk.

The study’s lead author says pregnant women who are taking antidepressants should not stop by themselves but should talk to their physician.

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(This story was originally published on October 2, 2019)

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