Preconception counseling for women with schizophrenia

Ariela Frieder

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This article outlines guidelines for preconception counseling of women with schizophrenia. Preconception care creates the opportunity to address risky behaviors, change unhealthy lifestyles, enhance the patient's knowledge about the genetics of her disease and the risk for her offspring, improve parenting skills, mobilize resources and the necessary support system in a timely manner and ultimately improve the health and quality of life of both the woman and her offspring. Women with schizophrenia are in particular need of preconception interventions. They are at a high risk of relapse during pregnancy unless their illness is treated. Psychosis during pregnancy can lead to fetal distress, denial of pregnancy, failure to participate in prenatal care and to recognize the signs of labor. Women with schizophrenia are at high risk of fetal malformations, obstetrical and neonatal complications and postpartum psychosis. In addition, schizophrenia is associated with homelessness and low socioeconomic status. Moreover, women with schizophrenia have poor social support and often lose the custody of their children. Identification and treatment of women with severe mental illness prior to conception is essential to reducing negative outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Women's Health Reviews
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

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Counseling
Schizophrenia
Pregnancy
Psychotic Disorders
Preconception Care
Child Custody
Homeless Persons
Fetal Distress
Inborn Genetic Diseases
Prenatal Care
Parenting
Social Class
Social Support
Postpartum Period
Life Style
Quality of Life
Guidelines
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Keywords

  • Preconception
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Women

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Preconception counseling for women with schizophrenia. / Frieder, Ariela.

In: Current Women's Health Reviews, Vol. 6, No. 1, 02.2010, p. 12-16.

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Frieder, Ariela. / Preconception counseling for women with schizophrenia. In: Current Women's Health Reviews. 2010 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 12-16.
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