Bipolar Disorder – Psych Drugs and Risk of Birth Defects

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Women wake up – drugs are drugs – chemicals are chemicals.  They interfere with the brain’s communication system – the neural pathways. This affects the neuro-endocrine-immune system. Every cell in your body is getting these chemicals/drugs/toxins through your hormones.  And these drugs are found in the umbilical cords – affecting the health of your new born child.

And do not think you can go on synthetic hormones or back to your medications post-pregnancy – especially if you are breastfeeding.  Those same toxins get right into your breast milk – affecting the health of your infant.

Nutrate before you medicate.  It is time to reclaim your life.

More women prescribed psychiatric drugs and left at risk of birth defects

The Sydney Morning HeraldHealth Editor, Sydney Morning Herald
September 28, 2013

pregnantWomen of child-bearing age are increasingly being prescribed psychiatric medications that can cause pregnancy complications and birth defects, doctors fear.

A study of calls to the Royal Hospital for Women’s MotherSafe pregnancy and breastfeeding information line has found inquiries about psychiatric medications have doubled over the past decade.

And a rise in diagnosis of bipolar disorder is prompting many doctors to prescribe young women mood-stabilising medication that carries a high risk of birth defects and lowered IQ for their babies if they become pregnant while taking it.

Philip Boyce, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Sydney, said experts were becoming increasingly concerned about use of the mood-stabilising drug Epilim, which also treats epilepsy.

“Some years ago Epilim was very heavily marketed and it became very, very widely used [for bipolar disorder],” he said. “But really it’s only in the last five years we have identified these really significant problems.”

He said research had linked it with rates of foetal abnormality of up to 17 per cent, and significant decreases in IQ, yet if a woman was not pregnant it required less monitoring than other mood-stabilising drugs.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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