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Old 02-16-2009, 02:04 PM   #1
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bipolar and pregnancy

hi there. i have (finally) today been diagnosed with bipolar. i have susspected for a while not that it wasnt just depression i have. anyways im doing all my reading on internet about what it is, and im wondering about bipolar and pregnancy. can anyone share there experiences, either there own, of of close family and friends. i can read loads of information but id rather have personal experiences. I have a 10 year old son, and a 1 year old daughter and currently trying to conceive again (hopfully not misscarry this time too!) Im currently not on any medication, i have to go back to collect a perscription next monday as my doctor wanted to discuss this with me health gateway worker.
anything said will be grately appriciated
thanks, Lucii xx

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Old 02-16-2009, 08:59 PM   #2
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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 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.


Old 02-19-2009, 10:14 AM   #3
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Re: bipolar and pregnancy

hiya, thanks for sharing that with me

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