Re: could my antidepressants during pregnancy cause autism?
First of all, I am so sorry that you are having to go through this and deal with the anxiety and worry of wondering what is going on. You do need to stop blaming yourself as the last poster said. Of course, as moms we always think, what could we or should be have done differently? I felt the same way when my first baby died at birth. . . if only I had done this or that. . . while perhaps I could have done something more or not, it is too late to change the past and the only thing to do is deal with the present and future.
I went on an antidepressant after my second son was born and was advised to quit breastfeeding. However, I was told if I took wellbutrin it was the safest for breastfeeding, however, I have issues with blood clots so needed to stay on a specific one.
I was not on anti-depressants during pregnancy but was on a HOST of other prescription medications during my second pregnancy for my severe heartburn,and "morning" sickness (more like all day and night) both which lasted throughout the pregnancy. Despite my fears that my son would be born with three heads, he has been perfectly healthy so far. My first baby, I did not take ANY heavy medictions, just a little prilosec and lots of Tums and he did not make it.
Look at how many moms smoke crack or drink alcohol or other stuff and their kids turn out perfectly normal. Then there are so many moms who never take anything and their kids have some kind of problem.
As for your child, I never met him so cannot say for sure. . . but my son did not talk all that much either by age 2 and still babbled a lot. He is three now and talks above average for his age. It happened between 2.5-3. Your child may be autistic or may just have sensory issues, speech delays or other mild problems that can be dealth with easily. Our friend has a kid born the same week as our son and we went to see them this summer and at almost three the child still was not speaking a word. Since he has been in a specialized preschool he has started talking. My nephew was initially diagnosed with PDD at 2, wasn't talking, now he is 10, talks fine and his diagnosis changed to ADHD.
I think when they are so little it is really hard to tell but some people believe that it cannot hurt to recieve early intervention. Your child will have fun with all the extra games and attention.
It sounds like you are doing everything right and please stop worrying about what you did to cause this. No one really knows what caused austism or other neurological problems that seem to be aflicting our kids at very high rates, especially boys. Some say vaccines, some say environmental, some say genetic, but there is no known cause as of yet. Good luck and keep us posted on his progress