January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has increased its efforts to raise awareness among women, families, and medical professionals about the risks and causes of birth defects and malformations. While the causes of many types of birth defects are still unknown, in some cases, genetics, lifestyle, and medication can have a major impact on a baby’s development in the womb.
It is well known that the use of tobacco and alcohol during pregnancy can be incredibly dangerous for both the mother and the infant. However, in recent years, a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications have been linked to serious birth defects, as well.
Anti-depressants, in particular, have been found to cause significant risks of birth defects and lowered IQs when taken by women during pregnancy.