Re: Bipolar disorder and pregnant
I stayed on lithium and depakote while pregnant. There were significant risks to doing that, but my doctors had seen me off medication, and they and I felt I would not be able to stay healthy for nine months without medication. So...what I did was: I went to a hospital check up every three weeks, because I was considered "high risk." I kept a mood journal. I walked in a park or in my neighborhood about every other day. My baby was fine: did not get spina bifida or cognitive heart defects. Just as importantly, I did not starve her of nutrients and sleep as i might have off medicine. I did not hold her limply in my arms as if she were pretend as I might have if she'd been born in the midst of a manic episode. She was very real to me, and I responded in a loving way to her.
So when I was pregant again, three years later, I stayed on medicine again: by then I had switched to Abilify. I followed the same regiment of "reality checking" via doctors and friends, exercise, nourishing food, and mood journal. My son was fine, too, and I responded to him, too, in a loving and non-manic way when he was born.
Good luck to you....