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Pregnant women with schizophrenia are at higher risk of pre-eclampsia, venous thromboembolism and adverse neonatal outcomes
  1. Aubrey Raimondi1,
  2. Eyal Sheiner2
  1. 1Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ben Gurion University, The Medical School for International Health, Beer Sheva, Israel
  2. 2Facutly of Health Sciences, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ben Gurion University Medical School, Beer Sheva, Israel
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Eyal Sheiner, Facutly of Health Sciences, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ben Gurion University Medical School, Beer Sheva 84105, Israel; sheiner{at}bgu.ac.il

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Implications for practice and research

  • Higher rates of preterm delivery and small for gestational age (SGA) babies in schizophrenic mothers confirm previous findings in the context of newer antipsychotic drugs and treatment practices.

  • Women with schizophrenia should be counselled about increased risks and followed by a provider specialising in high-risk pregnancies.

  • Strategies to address modifiable risk factors during pregnancy and the perinatal period are necessary. Special attention should be given to smoking cessation and control of blood pressure.

  • Novel findings include increased rates of thromboembolic disease in pregnancy and large for gestational age (LGA) infants in births involving schizophrenic mothers. Further studies …

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