While research into what causes miscarriage and stillbirth is gaining momentum around the world, the cruel truth is that for most pregnancy losses, a simple explanation will never be uncovered.
Statistically, one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage – often before a woman even knows she is pregnant.
Kalina Christoff’s harrowing postpartum experience began days after delivering a healthy son. She was anxious, worried and jolted repeatedly from sleep when flashbacks of the birth – a tough delivery that involved forceps – reeled through her mind.
“I was in a room of 15 people. I had no idea who was sticking what inside of me because I couldn’t see,” says Christoff of the dream. “Thoughts of this gang of people in front of me, doing things to my body … I would wake up, and I wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep.”
Using antidepressants in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy nearly doubles the risk the child will develop autism, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Montreal, published today in JAMA Pediatrics. And the risk was even greater for babies exposed to the most popular form of antidepressants used in pregnancy – selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.