Bipolar Disorder in Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding: A Practical Guide for the General Psychiatrist
Department of Psychiatry
Mental and Social Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Women's Health
For a woman with bipolar disorder, decompensation during the course of pregnancy can have significant consequences for both her and the baby. Women with bipolar disorder are also at greater risk for unplanned pregnancy. Therefore, it is essential that psychiatric providers proactively discuss pregnancy plans and treatment options during pregnancy and lactation with all women of reproductive age. Mood stabilizing medications and nonpharmacologic treatment options are equally important components of treatment for bipolar disorder. A comprehensive treatment plan should include a thoughtful discussion about the risks of untreated illness, balanced alongside with the risks and benefits of treatment.
Mittal, Leena; Wichman, Christina L.; and Byatt, Nancy, "Bipolar Disorder in Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding: A Practical Guide for the General Psychiatrist" (2015). Psychiatry Publications and Presentations. 734.