Is it safe to take Zoloft during pregnancy?

Originally Published on January 12, 2021 Maternal Matters | By Sara Lindberg

An important part of being an expectant parent is keeping your child healthy. That includes learning which prescriptions are safe to take during pregnancy—such as antidepressant medications. And while taking an antidepressant such as Sertraline (Zoloft) during pregnancy is not 100% risk-free, going through pregnancy with untreated depression may come with more risks. 

In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that depression during pregnancy can have adverse health effects for both the mom-to-be and baby. This includes problems with the growth of the fetus, premature birth, low birth weight, and complications after birth. 

Deciding whether to continue taking an antidepressant during pregnancy is something you need to discuss with your healthcare provider. Here are the basics you need to know.

Is it safe to take Zoloft during pregnancy?

Zoloft is a brand name for the drug sertraline, which belongs to a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These drugs work by increasing the amount of serotonin, a natural neurotransmitter, in the brain. SSRIs are used to treat depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

“The family of SSRIs, especially Zoloft, is considered one of the safest choices of antidepressants during pregnancy,” says Sherry Ross, MD, OB-GYN, and women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.   | | | Next → |

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