I see from many sources online that Zoloft may cause birth defects...does anyone have any experience with this?
The evidence for this isn't as clear cut as it seems. Most studies find only a modest increase in risk, and there is little consistency in the types of defects found. The only SSRI with good evidence of causing birth defects is Paxil (paroxetine).
You need to also be aware that uncontrolled maternal anxiety and/or depression can also harm the baby, both immediately and in the longer term. babies born to anxious or depressed mothers tend to have lower birth weights (PDF
), be born prematurely
and have impaired neuronal development (PDF
). As children and adults they are more prone to asthma
and to have learning difficulties
. They are also much more likely to develop anxiety disorders and/or depression later in life.
I suggest you discuss have a baby with your family doctor and either a gynecologist or obstetrician who will be able to explain the various risk factors and your treatment options. You also need to start preparing yourself by taking folate supplements, exercising, etc.