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Causes of PPHN
  1. Stress while the baby is in the uterus (caused from certain pregnancy complications like diabetes, high blood pressure or anemia, or delivery after 40 weeks of gestation) might increase the risk.
  2. Other conditions like meconium aspiration syndrome, anemia, severe pneumonia, infection, hypoglycemia, and birth asphyxia (when the baby is deprived of oxygen during a complicated delivery) have all been associated with PPHN.
  3. SSRI exposure during the second and third trimester of the pregnancy poses a six fold increase in the fetus developing PPHN.  SSRIs include Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac and Symbyax.