Bipolar Women Have Special Pregnancy Concerns

The potential for significant mental health problems and early mothering challenges in bipolar women indicates the importance of properly developing specific treatments for this disorder during and after pregnancy. The topic is discussed in a current study found in the Journal of Affective Disorders, conducted by Dr. Cynthia Battle, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior in the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. “Pregnancy often disrupts sleep, and parenting a newborn can involve getting up several times a night for months, for example. Such sleep problems can potentially trigger new mood episodes among women with bipolar disorder,” Battle said. Also, some women go off their medicines while pregnant, leaving their condition untreated.

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