Worries that antidepressants put babies at risk for autism & ADHD misplaced, study suggests

Moms-to-be taking antidepressants during the first trimester often worry that the meds may put their babies at direct risk for autism spectrum disorder or A-D-H-D.

But a new study from Sweden shows that worry is misplaced.

Researchers looked at more than 1.5-million babies and found siblings who were exposed to antidepressants during their first trimester had the same risk as siblings who were not exposed.

While associations between antidepressant use during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorder and A-D-H-D may still exist, this study suggests there is no direct correlation.

The study can be found in JAMA.