I am 3 weeks pregant and I was taking lithiam.
Lithium may cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Lithium while you are pregnant. Lithium is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Lithium.
Lithium Pregnancy Warnings
One retrospective study of 101 women concluded that rates of recurrence of bipolar disorder during the first 40 weeks after lithium discontinuation were similar for pregnant and nonpregnant women but then sharply increased postpartum.
Lithium has been assigned to pregnancy category D by the FDA. Use of lithium in the first trimester has been associated with congenital defects, particularly cardiac defects such as Ebstein's anomaly, although recent studies (including a prospective study of 148 women on lithium) have concluded that lithium is not a major human teratogen. Lithium toxicity (such as cyanosis, hypotonia, atrial flutter and bradycardia) has been reported in neonates whose mothers took lithium during pregnancy. There is no controlled data in human pregnancy. Lithium should only be given during pregnancy when there are no alternatives and benefit outweighs risk.
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