Re: bipolar and pregnancy
I can tell you mine, but it's not a bed of roses.
I was dx'd BiPolar with Severy med resistant suisidal depression when I was 21 and when my was 3 weeks old. I couldn't figure out why all I did was cry and not want to be around anyone, nor want anyone in my home. the baby had severe colic and cried all day and then slept from 1:00 am until 6 am. My husband worked tons of overtime to help pay the dr. bills, so I was alone with the baby all day every day. Then one day I just couldn't do it anymore, the baby crying, me crying all day everyday, taking care of the baby....so when my husband came home a bit early that night he found me in the nursery, the baby was asleep in his crib and i was leaning against it slasing my wrist wit the razor blade. I had also swallowed the whole bottle of pain medicine from the C-Cection I'd had. So lots of stitches, a stomach pumping, a 72 hour hold and I was diagnosed BP, etc. From then on I had to see a pyschiatrist every week.
The one thing that Dr.s have not learned is that giving birth makes BiPolar extremly worse, even they cannot say why, just like it gets worse with women as we get older. It's someting with women and hormons. So if you choose to do this, please work closely with your PDOC, OB/GYN and TDOC so that your team is all in place on your care and knows eachh thep of the way what is going on.
I have had a significant son, he's 10 and a great kid, and we we're just very careful on the med front, but it was worthout. the only other thing was I was not allowed to breast feed because of all the meds in system and chances of them crossing into breast milk.
well there's my 2 cents for whatever it helps.