For women who use medication, being pregnant can raise a lot of questions and concerns. “Should I discontinue stimulants when I am pregnant?” “Is it harmful to my developing baby if I take ADHD medications during my pregnancy?” “What are the risks both to me and my baby if my ADHD goes untreated?” “What is the best way to manage my ADHD during pregnancy?”

Researcher Lin Li and her colleagues investigated all currently published evidence about the safety of ADHD medication use while pregnant. Based on that they concluded that using ADHD medication during pregnancy does not seem to have any serious consequences for the mother or her children. However, they also acknowledge that the current evidence on this is still limited and can be biased by confounding results (read this blog) by Lin Li about the problems with ‘confounders’ in research).

The results of this study were recently published in the scientific journal CNS Drugs. Lin Li also wrote a blog about these findings, which you can read here.

Further Reading:
Is it safe to use ADHD medication during pregnancy? – by Lin Li https://mind-the-gap.live/2020/05/12/is-it-safe-to-use-adhd-medications-during-pregnancy/

Is maternal excessive weight or obesity prior to pregnancy a risk factor for ADHD? – by Lin Lin https://newbrainnutrition.com/is-maternal-excess-weight-or-obesity-prior-to-pregnancy-a-risk-factor-for-adhd/

Li, L., Sujan, A.C., Butwicka, A. et al. Associations of Prescribed ADHD Medication in Pregnancy with Pregnancy-Related and Offspring Outcomes: A Systematic Review. CNS Drugs (2020). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40263-020-00728-2

About the author

Jeanette Mostert, PhD specializes in Cognitive Neuroscience and Biological Psychiatry. She taught at the Bachelor-programme Psychobiologie at the University of Amsterdam, and now works as Dissemination Manager for for two horizon2020 projects that are sponsored by the European Union: CoCA and Eat2BeNice (New Brain Nutrition.)

Lin Li is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Medical Science, Orebro University in Grythyttan, Sweden. Her doctoral thesis focuses on long-term consequences of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults, specifically, how does ADHD influence nutrition and life-style factors across the lifespan. She obtained her master degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. She worked as a clinical epidemiologist in Fetal Medicine Unit of Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital, China.

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