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timestable25

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Hi. I am currently 37 weeks pregnant & I am addicted to inhaling windex. By inhaling I mean literally taking the cap off & sticking my nose in the bottle to smell it. I never used to like the smell of windex until this pregnancy. For my son this didn't happen and when i wasn't pregnant i didn't like the smell. Is this normal. What should i do?
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timestable25 - I'm sorry that you're having such a tough time.  Congratulations on your pregnancy, though.  Please seek outside help for how you've been craving the non-food type of item.  There are some people who may have a mineral deficiency (such as iron) and may benefit from iron supplements.  However, please do *not* start taking iron pills until *after* talking with your doctor and getting a blood test.  If too much iron is in the blood, it may result in liver (the largest internal organ) or kidney damage.

It's crucial that you talk with your doctor, including the ob/gyn, since no one wants your unborn child (or you) to get damage or injury from the fumes or chemical vapors.  Not to cause a panic, but if any types of substances are inhaled or ingested during pregnancy, there is a concern and risk for developmental issues that may occur to the unborn child, even possibly including mental retardation.  No one wants you to take a chance like that.  Please talk with a doctor and get some professional help to deal with the issues.
timestable25

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Thank you so much. I just recently got my blood drawn and there's nothing wrong with my iron levels so I don't know whats really causing this addiction. I wish it would stop. I've experienced dizziness for months in this pregnancy & still do til this day. Maybe its from the windex. I don't know. She moves fine in my belly and all ultrasounds show nothing's wrong with her so far so hopefully I haven't caused any damage to her. I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if something were wrong with her because of me. I just don't know what's causing this because ive never experienced it before. Its so weird.
janesmith

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You're quite welcome.  Please take the next step and talk with a licensed mental health professional, which can also help lessen the chance of any harm to your unborn child.  Also, even though no damage was shown on the ultrasound, no one wants there to be a false sense of security that the chemical vapors won't cause harm to your baby, know what I mean.  Please be proactive in your recovery and in dealing with the symptoms of the inhalant addiction and what may have led to that, and your posting here is a great start.  Though, please address the apparent inhalant addiction for both you and Baby.

The following website should have some local counseling and treatment centers for those with addiction and/or mental health issues.  (I'm hoping that you decide to utilize the resources available.)

http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ and can type one's zip code or state of residence into search.

The 12-step program, Alcoholics anonymous (AA), should have a free local support group (and one may attend an "open" meeting if there is no drinking problem):

http://www.aa.org/  (There may be an online "open" AA group, too.)

Please take good care of yourself and make good, healthy decisions.
janesmith

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timestable25 - I wanted to add this website that has some common 12-step mottos pertaining to those 12-step programs, such as "One day at a time," "First things first" and "People, places and things":

http://www.royy.com/toolsofrecovery.html
timestable25

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Yesterday I gave birth to a beautiful 6lb 8oz babygirl who is healthy as can be. All is well this way. Thank you for all of your responses. They helped a lot.
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