Lexapro Birth Defects

The use of SSRI drugs during pregnancy has reportedly been linked to a risk of birth defects in newborns. Lexapro, among others, belong to the SSRI class of antidepressants, and pregnant users of the drug may be at risk of delivering children with heart, skull or abdominal defects.

Lexapro Birth Defects

Research on antidepressants has revealed that women taking SSRIs like Lexapro during pregnancy may have an increased risk of delivering children with birth defects. Some of the conditions babies whose mother’s took Lexapro during pregnancy are at risk for include:

  • Aorta coarctation
  • Heart defects
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Craniosynostosis (skull defect)
  • Club foot
  • Omphalocele
  • Spina bifida