Antidepressant use in pregnancy may lead to childhood obesity and Diabetes

Recent scientific research from McMaster’s University in Canada was released who found that mothers taking anti-depressant drugs during pregnancy, were potentially predisposing their child to a life of obesity and diabetes.


The specific type of anti-depressants in question here are the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.


The use of these antidepressants have raised concerns before in cases where they were obviously causing weight gain in the user, but this is the first time evidence has been seen of damage caused in the offspring as well.


“Obesity and Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise and there is the argument that it is related to lifestyle and availability of high calorie foods and reduced physical activity, but our study has found that maternal antidepressant use may also be a contributing factor to the obesity and diabetes epidemic,” says the study’s senior investigator Alison Holloway, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at McMaster University.


The offspring of the mothers using these antidepressants had increased fat accumulation and inflammation of the liver as adults, which raises new concerns about the long-term metabolic impact this is having on future generations to come.


Some other more natural alternatives to treating depression whilst pregnant are: High dose fish oils can help, a multi strain probiotic can improved emotions, mood and thought significantly- with the presence of our second brain present in our gut. Some studies suggest that simply smiling and pretend laughing, even if you’re not happy, can boost your real happy hormones, whilst foods, which can boost your happy hormones are: bananas, brown rice and cottage cheese.


It is also good to talk to a health care practitioner, psychologist, counselor or your GP about any feelings of negativity you may be experiencing.


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