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Autism Rates Not Affected by Certain Medications Taken During Pregnancy

Date Published: 
October 31, 2018

Pregnant women who took medications targeting neurotransmitters, such as antidepressants and antipsychotics, were not more likely to give birth to a child with autism than mothers who did not take those drugs. That is according to new research by The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai,  that was published today in the medical journal, JAMA Psychiatry.1 

The researchers found higher autism rates in the children of mothers who had more overall health problems before becoming pregnant. They suggested that a woman's health plays a bigger role in her baby's development than medications taken during pregnancy.1