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Meghan Trainor Says Nurses Implied That Her Use Of Antidepressants Caused Her Newborn To Be Sent To The NICU

By Gina Florio
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Meghan Trainor's son Riley was born in February 2021, and although she was thrilled to welcome her first son to the world, she didn't have an easy pregnancy or birth. She shared with Romper that nurses suggested her antidepressant use could have been the cause of her son being admitted to the NICU.

Billboard chart singer Meghan Trainor got engaged to Daryl Sabara in 2017, and they married a year later. They welcomed their first child together in February 2021, but in an interview with Romper, Meghan revealed that her pregnancy and birth were anything but easy.

Meghan Trainor Says Nurses Implied That Her Use of Antidepressants Caused Her Newborn To Be Sent to the NICU

Just before she got pregnant, Meghan gained 15 pounds from coronavirus, so she "felt massive" before her belly even started to grow. "My face was breaking out with a dermatitis, so it was like eczema all around my mouth," she continued. "I had gestational diabetes, so I had to test my blood all day long. I was over it." It only got more difficult from there.

Toward the end of her pregnancy, doctors told her the baby was breech, and they immediately scheduled a C-section. “I was like, ‘I didn’t prepare for this, but let’s rock.’ I luckily didn’t have a birth plan,” she said.

When Riley was born, they faced some obstacles. He was having trouble waking up to feed, which concerned the nurses. He had to spend some time in the NICU because it was becoming a problem that he wouldn't wake up to eat.

“They kept asking me if I was on antidepressants during the pregnancy, and I was, but on the lowest dose possible, and all my doctors said it was safe and wouldn’t affect him,” Meghan recalled. “It was really f*cked up. They had no name for what was wrong. He just wouldn’t wake up. They said, ‘It’s really up to Riley when he wants to wake up.’ I’d be like ‘Really? Can’t you just zap him and get him up?’”

But he was released from the NICU and sent home after five days. He didn't cry much for the first month of his life, which made Meghan feel anxious. But she channeled all her feelings about motherhood into her music, penning a song called "Superwoman," which is about how difficult it is to be a mom.

Meghan also refused to buy into the idea that your life is over when you have a child. Both she and her husband say Riley has made their marriage even stronger.

“We got terrible advice when we got married,” Meghan's husband added. “These older generations were like, ‘When you get married, your love life is over.’ And when she was pregnant, they’d say, ‘When your child’s life begins, your life ends.’ We both agreed that that is bullsh*t. We never felt that way when we got married, and then with Riley, life has only gotten better.”