Bipolar and Pregnant - Anyone else? Or has been?

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   Posted 5/8/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm a newbie!  I am bipolar and pregnant with my second child.  This pregnancy is not going as well as the first one.  I am off my Tegretol but still taking my Seroquil.  I am a rapid cycler so I go from manic to depression in a days time sometimes.  The depression is killing me though.  I can't stand to be around anyone except my 9 month old and I cry a lot.  No one (friends and family) seem to understand how I feel.  They all tell me to get out and about that I will feel better but that just isn't how it works with me.  My husband understands totally but he works; I am a stay at home mom.  I am 17 weeks pregnant and my bipolar is much, much worse this time.  I am even having panic attacks.  My ob and psych are working closely together to help me but there is only so much they can do and I don't respond to anti-depressants due to the rapid cycling.  I really need some support and friendships with people who also have experienced such.  I feel alone!!!

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   Posted 5/8/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   

You will get responses and support here .How was your 1st preg,was it better than this 1?

Seems you need to talk to your doc asap.Its tough with rapid cycling i know,but they can help you switch dosage.You need to talk to people around you how you feel ,they can provide you with better help.

You need to take care of yourself before your this child is born so after the child is born you don't get more depressed.

We are here listening ,feel free to vent here.Don't feel lonely you got a friend here today!!!!!!


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   Posted 5/9/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Missflip,

Welcome to HealingWell. I'm glad you found us.

I'm not pregnant now, but my daughter is nearly 3, so it was just a few years ago that I was. I stayed on my Lamictal and my Prozac during the pregnancy which was a very hard decision to make (as I am sure you can relate to) but it was good. Mood-wise I was pretty stable through my pregnancy, so I was lucky.

I'm so sorry that you're having so much trouble. It's hard to be a stay-at-home mom anyway (I did it for the first 2 years), but when your mood is down and your only company is a baby, you're in trouble. The pregnancy must just be playing havoc with what resources you have left. Do you have a therapist? I've been seeing my therapist for years and I swear she saves my life. She's someone I can talk to when it feels like there's no one left to talk to. You might consider getting yourself a therapist to help talk you through the depression and panic at least as long as you are pregnant.

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   Posted 5/9/2008 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Although our illness run very different courses, I had two children while I was quite ill.  My firrst was at 14 and he had heart fluctuations that put me a special diet because he was so sensitive to chemicals.    I think fear is s real anti-depressant in some ways.  It forces you to act.  My second was planned.  I got pregnant two weeks off  meds.  Then we suffered until I had to be treated.  Then I had ECT.  I always bring up ECT because it is the safest and most effective treatment availble for depression, bipolar, & sometimes it works well with schizoprenia in otherwise untreatable cases.  Your baby is protected by the placenta because they use drugs that don't cross for muscles relaxants and the anethsia is only used for about five to ten min. and is safe for all stages of develpoment.  The shock will not do a thing to the baby or its brain.  Keep written and photo journal if you are worried about memory loss (I had one session the next day after my daughter was born and I remember both clearly.)  Not to mention memory loss is a part of the disease itself.  I would ask about ECT.
nortiptyline is the safest antidepressant for a preganant woman, trilafon is safe and well tested (its very old) anti-psychotic that bipolar mothers should try first, as is lithium for being considered safe during pregnancy.
nortiptyline, trilafon, and lithium

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   Posted 5/9/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have only been recently diagnosed but I beleive I have been bipolar since my teens and looking back I can see that all my pregnancies always seemed to make me worse. I was never on any medication either except for my last pregnancy. a couple years before I got pregnant I was diagnosed with anxiety so I was on Zoloft and it helped but when I was pregnant I still experienced everthing that you are talking about. Just take one day at time and as it has been said before. we are all here for you.
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