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AACAP: Not Treating Depression During Pregnancy Affects Baby

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SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 26 -- Although antidepressants may have an effect on fetuses in utero, so may the lack of the drug during pregnancy.

Babies born to women with untreated major depressive disorder had significant changes in neurobehavioral function, were born at an earlier gestational age, and had elevated stress hormones, according to a small study reported at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting here.

"The question is, does bathing an infant in an intrauterine environment where the mother's stress hormones are high affect the baby?" said Sheila M. Marcus, M.D., of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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