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Jayashri Kulkarni

Managing Mental Illness in Pregnancy

  • Speaker: Jayashri Kulkarni , MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP, PhD, FAHMS
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 CME

Women suffering major mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder face multiple challenges in pregnancy. The need to balance maternal mental health with fetal development is a crucial challenge. The best information available on the safety profile of antipsychotic, antidepressant and other medications is needed, but this is often difficult to access, or is contradictory. This presentation will include data on medication safety as well as associated other management aspects for the woman with special needs due to mental illness. Monitoring and treatment of gestational diabetes, infant drug withdrawal syndromes, and mental health support for the woman will be discussed.