Schizophrenia and Pregnancy - Topic Overview
schizophrenia have goals and desires just like people
who do not have the illness. These may include starting a family.
have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby if you have schizophrenia. But
there are some things to know.
You will want people to help you
during your pregnancy and when you are first taking care of your new baby. It's
best to talk with your pregnancy doctor (obstetrician),
mental health doctor, and family doctor and your child's doctor (pediatrician) about any changes in your treatment or
lifestyle during and just after your pregnancy.
You may wonder if the medicine you take for
schizophrenia will harm your baby. Talk to your doctor about this.
You may be taking other
medicines for schizophrenia or for the side effects of the medicines. You need
to discuss all the medicines you take with your health care team.
Taking medicines to control the symptoms of schizophrenia can help prevent:
- Not getting the care before birth (prenatal
care) that you and your baby need.
- Not eating well enough and
giving your baby poor nutrition.
- Taking other medicines or
supplements that may harm your baby.
- Using alcohol, illegal drugs,
or tobacco, all of which may harm your baby.
The best thing you can do is to plan your pregnancy with
your health care team or contact them as soon as you know you are pregnant.
They can help you make the decisions you will need to make about medicines.
They also can help you throughout your pregnancy and watch for symptoms or
problems you may have.