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pregnancy an bipolar do you have to stop taking medicine?

is it ok to smoke during pregnancy if you feel you have to because you cant have your medicine (if you take it)
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i have this friend that has bipolar she was recently pregnant to, an on facebook i saw a pic of some random smoking while pregnant, an i voiced my opinion in a status how i hate pregnant ladies who smoke (i have 2 kids an im a non smoker) an she went all kung-fu on facebook saying sometimes people just have to, an i ended up calling her, i had no idea she smoked to start with, an she said that because she was pregnant she couldn't take her bipolar med so she smoked instead to help her out, she also said she felt bad an stuff, an i was just wondering if that's the case, if you have bipolar an you get pregnant do you have to stop taking your medicine? and did she do the right thing?
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replied April 4th, 2012
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no smoking during pregnancy can cause many birth defects as well as a stillbirth or premature baby , pre term labor ; alot of different things , she should speak with her obgyn to see if theres a way that she can still get some sort of bipolar med that isnt as strong & wont harm her or the baby , i would also suggest some parenting classes (no offense) but they truely help & aid alot,,,,,
the best of luck to you 7 your friend i hope i helpped .....
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replied April 10th, 2012
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she had her baby an his healthy i think, i still dont agree with what she did at all, so yea.
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replied April 10th, 2012
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great & i think you should just be there & try to be of some support to her ....
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replied April 22nd, 2012
Tell her to try a gluten free diet. I was misdiagnosed bipolar, only to find out it was celiac disease.
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replied May 8th, 2012
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Smoking is not good, we all know that. But being bipolar myself I can't stress to u the sheer fear of going off your meds. Not all meds work. And yes going off them when pregnant is generally the only option for tetrogenic agents, which a lot of bpeds are. Ur friend has obviously had a tough time and made a decision by what she was capavle of at the time. Life isn't so black and white. Particularly for those of us who suffer from mental illness.
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