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Antenatal depression: Risks of abnormal infant and child development

Sophie Grigoriadis, MD, MA, PhD, FRCPC
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Peter P Roy-Byrne, MD
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
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David Solomon, MD


Antenatal maternal depression is associated with adverse effects upon infant and child development [1-3]. In addition, prenatal depression is associated with adverse effects upon pregnancy and neonatal outcomes as well as cognitive impairment and psychopathology in the offspring.

This topic reviews the association between antenatal depression and abnormal infant and child development. The association of antenatal depression with adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, as well as cognitive impairment and psychopathology in the offspring, are discussed separately, as are the risks of prenatal antidepressants, and the clinical features, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of antenatal depression:

(See "Antenatal depression: Pregnancy and neonatal outcomes".)

(See "Antenatal depression: Risks of cognitive impairment and psychopathology in the offspring".)

(See "Antenatal use of antidepressants and risk of teratogenicity and adverse pregnancy outcomes: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)".)

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