DEAR DOCTOR K: I take an SSRI for depression. I'm trying to get pregnant, but I'm worried about going off my antidepressant during pregnancy. Can I continue to take an SSRI?
DEAR READER: You can, but at some small risk to the baby. But if you stop taking the SSRI while you are pregnant, you may increase your own risk of worsening depression during and after the pregnancy. Treating depression is important for both your sake and your baby's.