My son, whose mother was taking effexor during the pregnancy after doctors swore that it was safe, was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old. I have my theories that effexor is to blame, but no proof yet, i would suggest all mothers to play it safe and not take this anti depressant while pregnant, these pharmacutical companies push all drugs for profits at the expense of our children. why even risk our children's health? In fact it should be illegal for mothers to take any drugs that aren't beneficial for the baby, i dont mean to be insensitive to the psychological and emotional health of women, but perhaps a lifestyle change is more appropriate especially when you are pregnant. This has become a country of anti-depressant users, pills for everyone, doesn't matter how old you are, wyeth shareholders need to eat too, i guess. I am now a single father, my son's mother couldn't deal with the stress of being a parent of an autistic child. Parents to be: beware of this drug.