Bipolar flags likely birth complications

The US study of 334 women being treated in hospital for perinatal psychiatric disorders found 10% had bipolar disorder, of whom half had delivery complications, compared with only 27% of women with other Axis I disorders.

More than three-quarters of the women with bipolar disorder had problems with breastfeeding compared with 42% of the remaining patients with Axis I disorders, the researchers found.

Women with bipolar disorder were also more likely to have a history of substance abuse and suicidal behaviour or attempts, and to be taking psychotropic