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Pregnancy 'no depression guard'
An American study has suggested women with major depression risk a recurrence of their condition if they stop taking their drugs during pregnancy.

It had been thought the hormone changes which occur during pregnancy gave a "protective" effect against depression.

But the Journal of the American Medical Association study of 201 pregnant women found this was not true, and women who came off their medication relapsed.

A UK expert agreed it was better for pregnant women to stay on their drugs.

Dr Veronica O'Keane said the only exception was paroxetine, which a study last year suggested could be linked to birth defects.

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