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When do doctors consider electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for pregnant women with bipolar disorder?

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When a pregnant woman's bipolar disorder symptoms are especially severe or need urgent treatment, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be an safer option than medications for the developing baby. During ECT, doctors track the baby's heart rate and oxygen levels for potential problems, which can be treated.

From: Women With Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder."

Cornell University: "Manic Depression / Bipolar Disorder."

Isimaru-Tseng, T.V. J 2000; vol 59: pp 51-53. Hawaii Med

Blehar, M.C. 1998; vol 34: pp 239-243. Psychopharmacol Bull,

University of Hawaii System: "Mental Illness and Menopause:

A Patient and Family Perspective."

Freeman, M.P. , 2002; vol 63: pp 284-287. J Clin Psychiatry

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

FDA Drug Safety Communication.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder."

Cornell University: "Manic Depression / Bipolar Disorder."

Isimaru-Tseng, T.V. J 2000; vol 59: pp 51-53. Hawaii Med

Blehar, M.C. 1998; vol 34: pp 239-243. Psychopharmacol Bull,

University of Hawaii System: "Mental Illness and Menopause:

A Patient and Family Perspective."

Freeman, M.P. , 2002; vol 63: pp 284-287. J Clin Psychiatry

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

FDA Drug Safety Communication.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2019

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