Originally Posted by kchoffmann
Also, as someone who grew up with a father who smoked pot regularly, I can tell you that, at least for me, the effect on my life was not benign. Pot makes a person really unavailable, and I needed my father to be present for me.
As someone who grew up with a parent with bi-polar disorder, I can tell you that bi-polar can make a person really unavailable. Even after my mother was medicated she was very self-absorbed when "down" and absorbed with everything else in the world when "up".
Not everyone who smokes pot is totally unavailable. Amount and frequency have a lot to do with it. I have two friends that self-medicate with it for anxiety issues and they are a lot more "unavailable" when they are anxious than when they've had a small amount of MJ.
We actually were just discussion in psych class bi-polar medication and someone brought up the preg. issue. Tired of the "well my SIL's best friend was taking..." discussion, I decided to do some looking up on my own. There's not a lot of information out there on traditional BP medication and pregnancy. Generally the consensus I've heard is that you don't want to suddenly discontinue meds if you find out you're pregnant, but there's not enough information to say if they're safe or not. I don't know that a doctor would reccomend traditional BP meds at this point, and I'm not sure I'd trust one who did.
Another thing you should take note of is that pregnancy itself can cause emotional highs and lows that are similar to bi-polar, not to mention post-partum emotional issues; such as post-partum depression, and post-partum psychosis. However you decide to medicate I would really reccomend journaling your feelings so you're very aware of what's going on inside, and seeing a counselor on a more frequent basis not just throughout pregnancy but up through a few months after nursing as well. (I've never seen a study done on it, but I've witnessed several women have intense emotional issues when they stop breastfeeding, or have a signifigant drop in breast milk production.)http://www.psychiatrysource.com/psyc...rticle1623.htm
Currently, my mother has gone off lithium and is using fish oil supplements for their Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. These, as I recall, are also GOOD for pregnancy. So is exercise. I know of some other natural remedies for depression, but not speciffically bi-polar, and would reccomend you find a naturopath to see about other remedies.
P.S. If you find any good info on people or organizations who link natural medicine with psychology, PM me to let me know, it's a field I'm considering going into, but as far as I can tell, doesn't really exist yet with much organization, and is, unfortunately full of quacks just trying to make a buck.