Lithium therapy of mothers can cause heart defects in babies
A recent study has found that women who are exposed to lithium during their pregnancy are at higher risk of giving birth to babies with heart defects.
It was found results from observation of women who used lithium therapy to treat bipolar disorder in the first few months of their pregnancy.
Most of the babies born to these women were found to be at risk of developing congenital problems such as heart defects.
The research also found that these babies are also at higher risk of undergoing neonatal treatmnets due to other ailments.
Surprisingly, lithium exposure does not cause any other complications in pregnancy such as preterm birth, gestational diabetes, or low birth weight.
The study highlights the need to keep women informed about the effect that their medication can have on the baby.
Lithium therapy is commonly used for the treatment for bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes severe mood swings, energy, activity levels.
Around 2% of the world's population is known to be affected by bipolar disorder.