Treating depression in pregnancy: Practical suggestions
Lilian Gonsalves, MD
Clinical professor of medicine and vice-chair, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Gault Women’s Health and Breast Pavilion, Cleveland Clinic
Isabel Schuermeyer, MD
Associate director, residency program, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Cleveland Clinic
Address: Lilian Gonsalves, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, P57, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195
ABSTRACTFailure to treat depression during pregnancy can lead to problems for the mother and the baby. However, given the lack of convincing evidence of the safety of antidepressant drugs to the fetus during pregnancy and lactation, any antidepressive treatment plan must be embarked on with caution. The authors offer practical guidelines for managing depression during pregnancy and lactation.