There is a new study from Denmark about the effect of maternal depression during pregnancy and its effect on their offspring.
Depression affects between 7 percent and 13 percent of pregnant women
Children born to mothers who had depression were 25 percent more likely to develop childhood asthma, the findings revealed.
However, more than 80 percent of the women in the study who were prescribed antidepressants were given one of a newer class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). And those medications were NOT linked to any increased risk for asthma in the child.
SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed medications for depression. Some examples of SSRIs include Zoloft (sertraline), Prozac (fluoxetine) and Celexa (citalopram).
But it was a different story when the researchers looked only at older antidepressants, known as tricyclic antidepressants. They were linked to the same level of increased risk for asthma as depression during pregnancy, the researchers said. In the study, roughly 8 percent of the women took the older medications.
Some examples of these older antidepressants include Norpramin (desipramine), Tofranil (imipramine) and Pamelor (nortriptyline).
Conclusion, if you are pregnant and have a diagnosis of depression there is evidence that by taking SSRI type antidepressants you may reduce the chance of your Child suffering from childhood asthma.