Use of Psychiatric Medications During Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Kate C. Arnold
  • Caroline J. Flint


Mental health disorders have the potential to profoundly impact maternal and fetal outcomes. Major depression can be screened for using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Bipolar disorder is characterized by depression and mania [1].


Psychotropic medication Psychiatric Depression Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor Neonatal withdrawal syndrome Bipolar 


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    Gabbe SG, Niebyl JR, Simpson JL, Landon MB, Galan HL, Jauniaux ERM, Driscoll DA. Obstetrics: normal and problem pregnancies. Chapter 52. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.Google Scholar
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    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG practice bulletin no. 92: use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy and lactation. Obstet Gynecol. 2008;111:1001–20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate C. Arnold
    • 1
  • Caroline J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OB/GYNUniversity of Oklahoma HSCOklahoma CityUSA

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