Journal Club 16: Lithium use during Pregnancy & Postpartum

Psychiatry Education Forum Academy 16th journal club discussion will focus on this clinically relevant topic of understanding the efficacy & safety of lithium use during pregnancy and postpartum.

Lithium Use During Pregnancy & Postpartum: Understanding Efficacy & Safety

Am J Psychiatry 177:2, Jan 2020

This discussion will be summarized in the following sections:

  1. Understanding Bipolar Disorder in Women.
  2. Mood stabilizers use during pregnancy.
  3. Lithium & risk of Spontaneous Abortion.
  4. Lithium & risk of Preterm Birth & Low Birth Weight.
  5. Lithium & risk of Any Congenital Anomaly.
  6. Lithium & risk of Cardiac Anomalies.
  7. Role of Lithium in Relapse Prevention.
  8. Comparing this study (Am J Psychiatry 177:2, Jan 2020) with: Lancet Psychiatry. 2018 Aug;5(8):644-652.
  9. Managing Lithium Dose during pregnancy & postpartum.
  10. How to minimize Neonatal Complications?
  11. Lithium Level changes during pregnancy & postpartum.
  12. Comparing Risks & Benefits in your clinical decision-making during discussions with patients.

Let’s begin by answering this question:

When is Lithium Level known to INCREASE during Pregnancy?

Answer: (d) None of the above.

Here is one of the slide from this journal club discussion:



Psychiatry Education Forum’s Journal Club is an additional feature for our Academy’s members. We are excited to announce the release of our new feature in the journal club:

ABPN’S Article Based Continuing Certification (ABCC) Pathway Track

This new Article Based Continuing Certification (ABCC) Pathway is an ongoing professional journal article-based assessment activity designed by ABPN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) for physicians to meet their Continuing Certification program requirement. 

In our journal club discussions, we will discuss these articles from this ABCC track in a clinically relevant fashion. This will help you answer the multiple-choice questions on ABPN’s website to get the credits for each article discussion. 



This is a closed membership for medical professionals only.

  • 30+ Courses/Sections: Each chapter within these sections is of direct clinical relevance for your daily practice. 
  • Journal Club: we will post the most recently published psychiatry articles relevant to your daily clinical practice.
  • Coffee Club: contain short discussions with clinical experts in the field of psychiatry.
  • Essentials of Inpatient Psychiatry Book: All chapters from this book are included in the academy sections. 
  • Discussion Forum & Community: Connect with other medical professionals and discuss your difficult-to-treat clinical cases.
  • Conference Discounts: Academy members get discounted access at our conferences. 
  • Goal: is to have all important clinically relevant topics in one place for ease of access.

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