BIPOLAR (2) AND PREGNANT!

Adele - posted on 01/19/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi there, I'm new. I am 33 and have been married for the past 11 years to a wonderfully supportive husband. We have a 9year old son and we are 32weeks pregnant with our second (and last!) son. I've been bipolar for about 20 odd years but was only diagnosed about 6 years ago. The journey was tough, finding the right therapist and psyciatrist and treatment methods. We went through utter hel but I've been in remission for 2 years now! I've been meds free since 19/02/08 and found out that I'm 6wks pregnant 5months later. Every step of getting and staying pregnant was and is being very carefully monitored by a team of dr's and specialists. It has surely been a challenging but also rewarding experience so far. We have back-up plans in case i get sick again. I am well aware that an episode can be triggered by a small thing and then action will have to be taken but I am prepared to stay hard at work to make sure I am and stay as healthy as possible. I plan to breastfeed for at least 8mnths.... without medication... yes I know. Making sure that i cope everyday is very tireing and I often find myself missing my meds but this is my last chance to have another child and eventhough this is considered to be a high risk pregnancy and thus far not complication free as well, it is all well worth the effort. Any one is welcome to ask whatever questions they want. I feel truely blessed that to have the opportunity to have another child and be 'sane' at the same time! All of my dr's are amaized at my progress and I always tell them... do the work, stick to the program and you cannot go wrong.



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Louisa - posted on 02/15/2009

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Good for you. I am breastfeeding off meds and for some strange reasons I am doing wonderful. Its like it balanced me somehow lol. My baby daddy makes jokes sometimes asking if I could continue breastfeeding till the baby is done with college. Unfortunatley I had to terminate a pregnancy before this baby because I was off meds and by my 3rd month I wasnt doing well at all. I went into severe depression and told my doctor I needed my baby out of me because I felt like I was gonna die. As dramatic as it sounds its really how it happend so my doctor ordered an immediate termination and the babies father had left me shortly after. With the grace of God I was introduced to my brothers best friend 3 years ago and in July of 2007 we found we were preggers and moved in with my parents immediatley. I will admit in the begining it was hard. But by the 2nd trimester I had so much support and love from my parents and my babies daddy that the pregnancy started to go so smoothly. Im am glad to hear how wonderful you are doing. I wish you happiness and pray you have a beautiful and most importantly, healthy baby.

Rachel - posted on 02/13/2009

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Hi everyone,

I have Bipolar disorder, though I've never been offically diagnosed.

I am six months pregnant and haven't been on medicine for years. Has anyone heard of Empower Plus? It's a supplemental vitamin powder that is formulated for brain health/ illnesses. I've taken it on and off, but there's definitely something to it.

Tina - posted on 01/23/2009

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Hi Adele. I tried welbutrine after my daughter was born and I became more unstable, moody, irrational and found it very difficult to focus on anything. It certainly didn't help my sex drive. Part of the issues with all the meds is finding what works for you. I do ok on effexor but I've tried a couple mood stablizors and found that they made me extremely tired and unable to care for myself let alone my kids. I felt like a zombie. I have heard from others how well Welbutrine works for them so if it helps, I'm glad. I was on effexor for 3 years before I have my 3rd child and aside from felling like my emotions were somewhat dulled down it helped. It's great that your son is understanding. Teaching our children to exercise tollerance and understanding will help them in all of their relationships. My oldest is 8 and copes very well with my illness as well as my 6 year old son's autism.

Adele - posted on 01/23/2009

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Goodness! thanx for everyones positive response. I really need it today. I am not feeling so good... my bloodpressure decided to rise a bit more than it should and now i look and feel more like a whale than ever before.



To Wendy... yes you can be bipolar and go into remission. I have bipolar 2 but more to the cyclothymia side. At first when i was very sick my team thought it was pure bipolar 2 but as time progressed and we got to know each other and i actually learned to co-opporate with them a clearer diagnosis was made. i was on so many diffrent meds and it took what felt like forever to find what worked for me. i ended up on welbutrin. man is that a nice drug! i lost weight i could focus ( i have adult add to!)  on reading and writing and painting etc. i had a clear head and i really felt and functioned well... and for us ladies .... my libido stabilised ! that made a huge diffrence to my marriage as you can imagine. i had no side effects. Tina: i was on effexor but had a severe reaction to it causing a fixed blood erruption on my breast! that so sucked. we got such a huge scare!!



I to am more impatient and also not sleeping as well as i'd like to but that is normal for every pregnant woman. i am very honest about my mood and feelings to my husband and son and ask them to please help me out when i feel moody or impatient. Like today for instance. Fabio is already 9 so he does understand compassion, I told him that i do not feel to good today and that i would be very proud of him if he could please not be noisy or demanding today. But then i also promised him some special time just for him as soon as i am feeling better. for him that means a huge ice cream after school next week... just the 2 of us and Daddy doesn't have to know! and then we  swim together or i rent a nice kiddi movie for the 2 of us. i'm not that mobile now so bike rides and jumping on the trampoline just is'nt going to happen now and he understands it. I simply ask him for co-opporation and i get it about 70% of the time. I think that is a good response.



i am not sure if it is allowed but you guys can email me at : lieweheksie@mweb.co.za anytime. I check that more often than this site.



All the best to you girls



 



Adele



 



 

Adele - posted on 01/23/2009

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Goodness! thanx for everyones positive response. I really need it today. I am not feeling so good... my bloodpressure decided to rise a bit more than it should and now i look and feel more like a whale than ever before.



To Wendy... yes you can be bipolar and go into remission. I have bipolar 2 but more to the cyclothymia side. At first when i was very sick my team thought it was pure bipolar 2 but as time progressed and we got to know each other and i actually learned to co-opporate with them a clearer diagnosis was made. i was on so many diffrent meds and it took what felt like forever to find what worked for me. i ended up on welbutrin. man is that a nice drug! i lost weight i could focus ( i have adult add to!)  on reading and writing and painting etc. i had a clear head and i really felt and functioned well... and for us ladies .... my libido stabilised ! that made a huge diffrence to my marriage as you can imagine. i had no side effects. Tina: i was on effexor but had a severe reaction to it causing a fixed blood erruption on my breast! that so sucked. we got such a huge scare!!



I to am more impatient and also not sleeping as well as i'd like to but that is normal for every pregnant woman. i am very honest about my mood and feelings to my husband and son and ask them to please help me out when i feel moody or impatient. Like today for instance. Fabio is already 9 so he does understand compassion, I told him that i do not feel to good today and that i would be very proud of him if he could please not be noisy or demanding today. But then i also promised him some special time just for him as soon as i am feeling better. for him that means a huge ice cream after school next week... just the 2 of us and Daddy doesn't have to know! and then we  swim together or i rent a nice kiddi movie for the 2 of us. i'm not that mobile now so bike rides and jumping on the trampoline just is'nt going to happen now and he understands it. I simply ask him for co-opporation and i get it about 70% of the time. I think that is a good response.



i am not sure if it is allowed but you guys can email me at : lieweheksie@mweb.co.za anytime. I check that more often than this site.



All the best to you girls



 



Adele



 



 

Tina - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hi I'm 34 and mother of 3. I wasn't diagnosed with Bipolar 2 until after I had my second child. I was having difficulty with postpartum depression and in finding help with that I finally learned what other disorders I had. When I got pregnant with my 3rd and last, I had been on Effexor xr for 3 years. I was weaned off it under the supervision of my psychiatrist and doctor when I was 2-4 months pregnant. I changed doctors when I got pregnant because the doctor I had told me Effexor xr was safe for my baby and then I did my own research and found out how wrong he was. I struggled at times and was very emotional throughout my pregnancy but I found it got easier after my daughter was born. I breast fed her until she was six months and then chose to wean her because my anxiety symptoms had become too much for me to cope with on my own. She is a healthy, strong and smart 2 year old now and I'm back on Effexor xr and Lorazepam. I feel that the sacrifice of my own emotional stability for a year or so is nothing in comparison to the Joy my children bring to my life.

Wendy - posted on 01/20/2009

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Wow! That's so amazing that you're doing so well without meds. I am also pregnant with Bi-polar disorder. I was diagnosed 3 years ago and have only taken anti-depressants. From what I gather, I have cyclothymia, the milder form of bi-polar. Yesterday I asked my OB-GYN to put me back on my AD meds. My husbands income was cut in half during the holidays and our bills are falling behind and ruining our perfect credit. I've noticed that my patience is shorter with the kids in the morning since I'm not sleeping as well as the first two tri-mesters. I have asked my Dr. if the meds will affect breastfeeding, but he says they will not hurt the fetus in the third tri-mester.

What type of BPD do you have that it is in remission? I have never heard of BPD going in remission. My sister is an ultra rapid cycler and she cannot function without her meds.

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