Chapter 21. Psychiatric Disorders in Pregnancy

  1. Raymond O. Powrie MD, FRCP, FACP Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology Senior Vice President3,
  2. Michael F. Greene MD Professor of Obstetrics Chief of Obstetrics4,5 and
  3. William Camann MD Associate Professor of Anaesthesia Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology6
  1. Teri Pearlstein1 and
  2. Jami Star2

Published Online: 9 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323016.ch21

de Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice, Fifth Edition

de Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice, Fifth Edition

How to Cite

Pearlstein, T. and Star, J. (2010) Psychiatric Disorders in Pregnancy, in de Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice, Fifth Edition (eds R. O. Powrie, M. F. Greene and W. Camann), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323016.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Quality and Clinical Effectiveness Women & Infants' Hospital of Rhode Island Providence, RI, USA

  2. 4

    Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School, USA

  3. 5

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

  4. 6

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women's Behavioral Health Program, Women & Infants' Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence, RI, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 JUN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405148474

Online ISBN: 9781444323016



  • psychiatric disorders in pregnancy;
  • major depressive disorder (MDD);
  • World Health Organization (WHO) - depression, leading contributor to global burden of disease in men and women of reproductive age;
  • nonpharmacologic treatments of MDD - during pregnancy;
  • antidepressants and miscarriage;
  • antidepressants and persistent pulmonary hypertension of newborn;
  • treatment dilemmas, for pregnant women with depression;
  • medications, treating bipolar affective disorder;
  • panic disorder, characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks - future panic attacks;
  • anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in pregnancy - eating disorders and birth outcome


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Major depressive disorder

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Schizophrenia

  • Panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Eating disorders

  • Conclusion

  • References