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The last 20 years has seen an extensive examination of relevant research questions regarding the reproductive safety of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These have included studies describing the risk of developing teratogenesis (overall and specific malformations),1 transient neonatal adaptation syndromes, and problems such as persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).2 As an example of the evolution of interest in perinatal psychiatry, more than several hundred articles have been published during the last decade on the risk associated with first trimester exposure to SSRIs during pregnancy; the vast majority of these reports do not support a significant teratogenic risk.
Cohen LS, Nonacs R. Neurodevelopmental Implications of Fetal Exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Untreated Maternal DepressionWeighing Relative Risks. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online October 12, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.2705