A recent study from the University of Bristol, England, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), will surely cause serious concern among pregnant women worldwide. The study’s researchers have tried to downplay their results, but it is clear from their research that children exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy are at higher risk of developing autism than children whose mothers have psychiatric disorders but choose not to take any antidepressants during pregnancy.
The researchers analyzed data from 254,610 kids aged between 4 and 17, of whom 5,378 had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
According to Science Daily, “Of the 3,342 children exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy, 4.1% (136) had a diagnosis of autism compared with 2.9% (353) in 12,325 children not exposed to antidepressants whose mothers had a history of a psychiatric disorder.”
You can tell from the researchers’ own results that they were trying to poke holes in their own research and their results, and insist that the increased risk of autism is negligible, so I’m sure many mothers will not feel reassured.
The fact is, billions of pregnant women are terrified that their children will be diagnosed with ASD in their early years and they should be terrified, because as many as 1 in 68 children born in the United States is now diagnosed with ASD. The Autism Society reports that the prevalence of autism has skyrocketed by 119.4 percent since the year 2000, increasing between 6% and 15% each year between 2002 and 2010. Clearly, parents are rightly concerned that something has got to be causing this massive increase, and I’m sure it’s not “genes”.
This doesn’t mean that pregnant women suffering the symptoms of depression need to suffer in silence, leaving the condition untreated.
There are many different natural ways to holistically deal with the individual triggers of depression, including:
- Increase your consumption of foods high in omega 3: The omega 3 fatty acids are abundant in organic, raw hemp seeds for example, which help increase low levels of EPA and DHA. Low levels of EPA and DHA have been linked to the development of depression, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
- Eat “clean” foods: The gut microbiome is known as the “third brain,” and it is vital to clear up digestive issues if you are struggling with depression. Eat organic, non-GMO, pesticide-free vegetables every day, and cut out all processed and junk foods and drinks. This alone will dramatically increase the health of your baby.
- Stay active and busy throughout your pregnancy: Our frantic modern pace of life can lead to isolation and loneliness, which can trigger feelings of depression. Make a conscious effort to cultivate friendships and spend more time with loved ones if you are struggling with depression – no matter how tempted you may be to isolate yourself.
- Vitamin D: As long as you eat food rich in real vitamin D every day during pregnancy, you can rest assured your baby has the best chance of being born completely healthy.
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