Mom & Mental Health: Supporting Women during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Mental illness can be a serious medical condition. It can change how someone feels, thinks and acts. The chance for a woman to develop a mental illness, like depression, during her lifetime is about 10-25%. The highest risk occurs during the childbearing years. This page houses important resources pertaining to various mental health issues and medications to treat them. They contain evidence-based information about their risks during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, they should not replace the care of a medical professional. For specific questions about medications used for mental illness during pregnancy and breastfeeding, or risks linked to untreated mental health conditions please contact MotherToBaby toll-FREE at (866) 626-6847, email-an-expert, chat live or text your questions to (855) 999-3525 (standard messaging rates may apply; check with your carrier).

Mental Health-Related MotherToBaby Fact Sheets



Mental Health Medication-Related MotherToBaby Fact Sheets

Beta blockers
Bupropion (Wellbutrin®)
Citalopram/Escitalopram (Celexa®|Lexapro®)
Duloxetine (Cymbalta®)
Fluoxetine (Prozac®)
Imipramine (Tofranil®)
Methylphenidate (Ritalin®, Concerta®)
Mirtazapine (Remeron®)
Nefazodone (Serzone®)
Olanzapine (Zyprexa®)
Paroxetine (Paxil®)
Sertraline (Zoloft®)
Trazodone (Desyrel®)
Valproic Acid
Venlafaxine (Effexor®)

Other Related Fact Sheets

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Herbal Products


Mental Health “Baby Blogs” & Podcasts

Managing Mom’s Anxiety during Pregnancy

Help for the Holidays: Surviving Stress During Pregnancy

Is It Normal To Be Anxious During Pregnancy?

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! What Have Four Decades Taught Us about Alcohol and Drugs in Pregnancy?

ADD/ADHD: Focusing on What’s Best for Mom and Baby during Pregnancy

Marijuana, Pregnancy & Breastmilk: Getting Closer to Answers

When Counting Sheep Doesn’t Work: Insomnia and Pregnancy

The Allure of Alcohol: Why do Women Continue to Drink during Pregnancy?

Alcohol, Tobacco & Marijuana: What You Need To Know During Breastfeeding

A Slippery Topic: The Use of Essential Oils during Pregnancy

Prevention in a Pill: Help Choosing the Right Prenatal Vitamin

IVF and The Risk of a Broken Heart

From Bliss, To Barely Breathing: Finding The Light Again After Infant Loss

Alcohol: Be ‘In The Know’ If Nursing Baby

The Organ-Eating Obsession: Putting Placenta On Your Plate

The Smoking Saga & Why This Non-Fiction Addiction Should Be Shelved During Pregnancy

Breaking Bad Habits During Spring Break: Why Alcohol And Pregnancy Continues To Be A Problem

Clearing The Smoke About Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

Other Mental Health-Related Articles & Podcasts

OTIS Member Pens Passionate Op-Ed on New Postpartum Mental Illness Law

Medication and Mental Health during Pregnancy – a Podcast Featuring OTIS Expert Dr. Katherine Wisner



Additional Resources

Postpartum Support International (PSI)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)