pregnant and utterly depressed

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   Posted 7/23/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
So I am bipolar and was advised by my doc to get off everything during pregnancy.  I am now pregnant and I am utterly depressed.  I am not sleeping due to being off my meds and cry all day everyday nonstop.  I don't know how I am going to make this sometimes and feel so alone.

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   Posted 7/23/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bluejude,

I am sorry that you are feeling so blue. Is there anything that you can take that is safe during the pregnancy? Ask him about herbal supplements. Maybe there is something safe that you can take. Are you going to any counseling? You might want to if you aren't. That could help you.

You aren't alone, you have us now. We will try to help you through this. The members on this forum are very kind and compassionate. So keep posting and we will try to help.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Blue
Congrats on the baby, it is a very exciting and scary time. But,your whole life is about to change,and that can is something that can sure make the depression worse.

Contact your doctor and find out what you can take,don't take anything unless he gives you the ok.

We will be here for you.

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Please remember,I am not a professional..I am just a person who is also fighting depression.

I know I'm in my own little world, but it's ok. They know me here.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bluejude,
People that are bipolar really shouldn't be off of meds for any length of time.  Having a major manic or depressive episode isn't safe at anytime.   Even if you haven't had a bad episode before, your situation could cause on in either direction.  Mania can lead to psychosis, and you don't want to be hallucinating stuff when you are pregnant.  You didn't say which meds you were taking prior to your pregnancy, or what kind of doctor told you to stop taking them.  You also didn't say how far along in your pregnancy you are.  Was this a surprise?  With all the emotional things that can be affected by your hormones, making sure you are as stable as possible is a good thing.  Please check with both a psychiatrist and a gynacologist as soon as you can, as you are already feeling the effects of lack of medication. 
I have a cousin that is bipolar, so I'm fairly familiar with the condition.  Lithium can cause birth defects in the first trimester, but could be OK during the second and third trimesters, depending on the risks to you versus those to the baby.  It can be passed to the baby through breast-feeding, so those taking lithium should only bottle feed the baby.   
I would be very interested in learning more details regarding your situation.  More information can only help us provide you with the best support we have to offer.  Hang in there!!!
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   Posted 7/24/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   

 Hey Bluejude,

Congratulations on your good news but I am sorry you are feeling so down. I have heard of others that have had issues with needing to come off bipolar meds during pregnancy. I also have heard there are some safe meds to help you not feel so down. I am not a professioanl so please do talk with your physician re any ideas.
May I suggest that you post this topic on the Bipolar Disorder Forum as you may find more members that have gone through what you are going through now?

Bipoar Disorder Forum Link:

Please keep us posted and know we support you.


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   Posted 7/24/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Blue. How far along are you with your baby? Your body is going through so many changes now. And your hormones are going to go from 20 to 350, levels of estrogen. Most women have a hard time with this. You are not alone. I felt terrible the first 4 mos. with both babies...but you will start to feel like wonder women soon. Since it is not a great idea to take stuff while you are pregnant. The thing that helped me the most was exercising. Really, just walking or with a trainer. Makes the brain pump out the feel good stuff you need.
Do you have a good support system around you know?  
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