Here's a section from the highly-respected Mayo Clinic on the issue of antidepressants and safety during pregnancy. (Note: there are two pages, so don't miss the second page.) It is a well-balanced piece that discusses the pros and cons. Here's their conclusion, which isexactly what I'vetried to put forthhere at Postpartum Progress:
"If you have depression and are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, consult your doctor. Sometimes mild depression can be managed with support groups, counseling or other therapies. If your depression is severe or you have a recent history of depression, the risk of relapse may be greater than the risks associated with antidepressants.
It's not an easy decision. As researchers continue to learn more about antidepressants, the risks and benefits of taking the drugs during pregnancy must be weighed carefully on a case-by-case basis. Work with your doctor to make an informed choice that gives you — and your baby — the best chance for long-term health."
Update (Nov. 2009): For more on this, find out what the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' recommendations are on the depression during pregnancy and the use of antidepressants.
Also, for more stories on depression during pregnancy, click the link.