Women with mental illness need to be treated without bias. These women need education, especially before getting pregnant. Medications should not be stopped abruptly during pregnancy. Ideally, a woman with mental illness should receive preconception counseling to determine her treatment during pregnancy.
Nurses should counsel women with mental illness to cut down on other commitments when pregnant or caring for a new baby, avoid getting involved in stressful situations, and avoid drinking alcohol and excessive amounts of caffeine because these can all interfere with sleep.8 It is also essential to teach these women to look for the positive things in life, make time to rest and relax, be open about feelings, ask for help, look for local support groups, and eat well.8
During labor, delivery, and postpartum, the nurse needs to ensure that these women have everything explained to her, to decrease anxiety. These women must know what resources are available to them. They may need home health care, support groups, and follow up psychiatric care.