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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.

SOURCES:

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

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

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

Viguera A. American Journal of Psychiatry. December 2007.

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

Yonkers, K. American Journal of  Psychiatry, 2004.

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

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

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

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

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

Viguera A. American Journal of Psychiatry. December 2007.

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

Yonkers, K. American Journal of  Psychiatry, 2004.

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

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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