What should I know about electroconvulsive therapy (ect) during pregnancy?

Frightening. The use of ECT is now restricted to the most severe and dangerous cases of depression. If this is the issue during pregnancy, it must be very serious. The risks are very high, and the benefit must be clearly explained and discussed in detail. There should be full and appropriate consent in order to allow such a treatment.
Balance the risks. There are risks to everything we do. Rarely there are changes in the baby's heart rate or bleeding after ect. Other side effects include abdominal pain and preterm labor. But depression is a serious problem in pregnancy and should not be ignored. If ECT is an option, the benefits usually outweigh the risks. Be sure to have ECT in a hospital with the ability to care for your baby if needed.