Prozac during Pregnancy

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My doctor says that I should keep taking Prozac while I am pregnant, but my husband and I are worried it could cause side effects. Is this drug dangerous for my baby?

ANSWER

I agree with your doctor.

Depression is a potentially fatal disease, and you should not subject your baby to that risk. If you don't really need the medication, that's another matter, but if you do, prozac is relatively safe for pregnancy.

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.