Lexapro Birth Defects

Lexapro, among other SSRI drugs used during pregnancy, has reportedly been linked to the risk of birth defects in newborn. Lexapro is a member of the SSRI class of anti-depressants, and pregnant users put their newborns at risk of developing heart, skull or abdominal defects.

Lexapro Birth Defects

Research reveals that women taking SSRIs like Lexapro during pregnancy may have an increased risk of delivering children with birth defects. Some of the conditions newborns stand to face include:

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Omphalocele (intestines protruding through the navel)
  • Club foot
  • Spina Bifida
  • Ventricular septal defects (VSD)
  • Atrial septal defects (ASD)
  • Holes in the heart
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Tetralogy of fallot (TOF)
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Coarctation of the aorta