Vol. 20 No 3 | Spring 2018
Sufficient evidence shows that women with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders have high rates of obstetric complications.
Postpartum or ‘puerperal’ psychosis, the acute onset of severe psychiatric symptoms early postpartum, was first characterised in the 19th century.
Long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARC), in particular, intrauterine contraception (IUC) and subdermal etonogestrel (ENG) implants, are significantly less likely to result in unintended pregnancy than short-acting user-dependent methods, such as the oral contraceptive pill.
It had been thought, for pregnancy to occur, anorexia nervosa (AN) needed to be in remission. However, this is not always the case. Unlike depression, anxiety and psychotic disorders, there is little guidance and research into AN and pregnancy. The most recent Australian National Guidelines for Perinatal Mental Health provide no mention of the assessment and management of eating disorders in pregnancy.