When women suffering from depression, bipolar disorder or other mental health illnesses become pregnant, they have many concerns to consider. Will their prescribed medication harm their baby? If they don't take their medication, will symptoms keep them from having a healthy, happy pregnancy? Psychiatrist Dr. Shari Lusskin, director of reproductive psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, talks with Dr. Oz about these questions and offers some insight to help all mothers keep their minds healthy during pregnancy.
Women who already know they have a mental illness may be able to better prepare themselves for pregnancy—it is the women who have not been diagnosed who may face the biggest risks during and after pregnancy, Dr. Lusskin says. Common signs of mental illness that Dr. Lusskin says pregnant women may encounter as early as the first trimester include:
Dr. Lusskin says these lifestyle changes may also help you stay mentally healthy: