Re: Bipolar, pregnant and unable to take full dosage of Effexor
Sorry things are tough at the moment. The sleeping could just be the pregnancy, I was the same when I was pregnant with my son. I think it's fairly usual to sleep huge amounts, especially in the earlier stages.
Don't know about rights re work - I'm in the UK - here you can just be signed off by a doctor in a situation like this so you would be entitled to sick pay, plus I believe your employers are obliged to accommodate you - ie if you needed to drop your hours they would have to help you out in this way. I don't know if that would apply where you are?
As far as meds go, I took amytritylene(sp) when I was pregnant - it's one of the older anti-d's, worked well for me at the time.
I know it's really hard, but if you can, try and just accept that you need colossal amounts of sleep at the mo and try not to give yourself a hard time about it. I know it's really tough, especially if you're not seeing much of your hubby, but I think it's nature's way of getting you 'ready' - you won't sleep as much in the later stages because you'll be too big to be comfy and you'll be needing a wee every five minutes! Once the baby arrives you'll be getting less sleep as well, so I think it's nature's way of getting you to rest. The early months are the toughest on the mum in some ways because that's when the baby's forming and the really crucial development takes place - it really takes it out of you. Once the baby's 'assembled' it gets a bit easier.
Hope things start to improve - let us know how you're doing.xx