Women with mood and anxiety disorders commonly avoid taking psychotropic
medications while they are attempting to conceive or while they are pregnant
or breastfeeding, for fear of harming their infants. Physicians balk at prescribing
medications for these women for the same reason.
But not receiving effective treatment for an active psychiatric illness
while pregnant or nursing poses dangers too. Mood and anxiety disorders may
hamper a woman’s ability to take care of herself and her infant, impairing
the infant’s development in utero and after birth.
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