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What are the effects of pregnancy on bipolar disorder?

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Few studies have been done on bipolar disorder and pregnancy, so not enough is known about the risks of untreated bipolar disorder or the risks and benefits of medications during pregnancy. And the factors that lead to relapse during pregnancy are not clear.

Bipolar disorder, however, can worsen during pregnancy. Pregnant women or new mothers with bipolar disorder have seven times the risk of hospital admissions compared to pregnant women who do not have bipolar disorder.

From: Bipolar Disorder in Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Freeman, M. , December 2007. American Journal of Psychiatry

Consumer Reports : "Drugs for bipolar disorder in pregnancy."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Managing Pregnancy and Bipolar Disorder."

Viguera A. . December 2007. American Journal of Psychiatry

Shama V. , winter 2009. Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Yonkers, K. , 2004. American Journal of  Psychiatry

MGH Women's Mental Health: "Anticonvulsants During Pregnancy in Women with Bipolar Disorder."

Yan, J. , Jan. 18, 2008. Psychiatric News

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Freeman, M. , December 2007. American Journal of Psychiatry

Consumer Reports : "Drugs for bipolar disorder in pregnancy."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Managing Pregnancy and Bipolar Disorder."

Viguera A. . December 2007. American Journal of Psychiatry

Shama V. , winter 2009. Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

Yonkers, K. , 2004. American Journal of  Psychiatry

MGH Women's Mental Health: "Anticonvulsants During Pregnancy in Women with Bipolar Disorder."

Yan, J. , Jan. 18, 2008. Psychiatric News

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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