Dawnyka - posted on 03/22/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
I'm 36, and was diagnosed as bipolar with borderline personality disorder at age 34. I was prescribed Epival (aka Depakote) and Zoloft when I got diagnosed and they've worked great.
I'm 5'5 and not exactly skinny, but in the first year alone I went from 140lbs to 190lbs - that's 50lbs! Then over the next year I gained another 20lbs. I'm not exactly active, but I wasn't that active at 140lbs either, and I didn't gain weight.
Now I'm 30 weeks pregnant, and temporarily off my meds. I had terrible morning sickness for the first 4 months and lost 20lbs (yay). But I've since put the weight back on, and I'm back up to 212lbs (2 pounds over pre-pregnancy).
My doctor's not concerned, but she's skinny, and doesn't have to live in this body. Even my kids were teasing me before I got pregnant (14 & 18 yr old girls that weigh 100lbs). They've never know me to be this big, and I don't wanna be fat for the rest of my life. I've had a horrible pregnancy, and haven't been able to walk for a couple of months now, due to round ligament pain, and a bad back and hips. I can't wait to exercise after this pregnancy, but in the mean time I'm keeping a close eye on the scale. I've been eating extra healthy and watching my portion sizes.
I plan to start my meds again on baby's birthday, cuz I know I need them, but I don't wanna be fat anymore. I've completely isolated myself cuz I don't want anyone to see how fat I've gotten.
Anyone else experience huge weight gain from their meds? And if so, which meds?
p.s. Btw, I love my baby belly, so its not that. Its been great blaming my size on my pregnancy these last few months.