Pregnancy and Bipolar

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 2/9/2006 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone knows about getting pregnant while bipolar.  I am not planning on getting pregnant anytime soon, or even the next 5 years.  I just want to know that I can safely have children in the future.
I talked to my doctor a little bit about it.  He said that people can safely have a baby while being bipolar.  I am currently on Lithium right know.  He said with Lithium you just have to be off of meds during the first trimester.  Then you can go back to taking the medicine during the second, and third trimester, and you can't breast feed.  He also said there is always the option of switching to another safer medicine.  The doctor said that other people have safely had children while on meds.
Even though he said this, I feel like it would still be dangerous to the baby.  I also would want to breast feed my baby because studies have shown so many benefits.  I also would not feel safe being off of meds for 3 months and working.  The profession I am going into has a lot of responsibility.  I would not want to risk becoming manic on the job, that would be a nightmare.  I would also have to have a husband that would be okay with me not working for a good portion of my pregnancy.
I really should not worry about this too much right now.  However, I am curious to know about this topic.

Ellie 1
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 2/9/2006 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I was recently pregnant and was told by my ob that I had to come off my meds for the first tri-mester at least. Which I did as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I've heard people say that there are meds that you can be on while pregnant but I wasn't comfortable with that. Turned out with me it wasn't an issue after all. I miscarried in my ninth week. Finally got my meds back but still haven't gone back on them. Thats my goal for the weekend.
I have heard some people say they feel better when pregnant and are able to go off meds with little difficulty, thats certainly something I'd discuss with my doctor first. I truly feel more stable pregnant than I do at any other time. I may be the exception to the rule though.
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