Bipolar Disorder Increases Likelihood of Premature Birth

Impact of Depression Treatment During Pregnancy Unclear
Impact of Depression Treatment During Pregnancy Unclear
Women who have been hospitalized with bipolar disorder more than twice as likely to have premature babies or babies with other complications.

New research suggests women who have been hospitalized for bipolar disorder are nearly twice as likely to have premature babies compared to women without a history of mental illness.

The researchers examined the health records of women who delivered a single baby from 2003 to 2011. They compared women previously hospitalized for bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder, to the general population.

Although the study did not examine the causes that led to these findings, the researchers suggest that women may be able to reduce risk to their babies by modifying lifestyle and behavioral factors. 

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