Saturday, February 17, 2007

Why I started this this blog

The decision to start a family can be a nerve-wracking time for many women. I think it is even more so for someone who is diagnosed with a condition like bipolar disorder.

Instead of just fretting about if it is safe to drink caffeine or take Advil (like many of my friends) -- I am also faced with deciding if I should remain on my medication while pregnant. Is it better to stay on my meds to ensure more mood stability or should I forgo medication because it might affect the baby? Am I more likely to become manic or depressed during pregnancy? How will I deal with sleep? Will a lack of sleep throw me into mania?

And of course there is the struggle with the bigger question of is it right to bring a child into the world when there is the chance they could inherit this condition.

I've spent countless hours searching the internet and reading books -- and although there is a ton of information about pregnancy and tons of information about bipolar disorder. There is very little information about managing bipolar during pregnancy. So my mission is to have a place where I can share all the information I find in one central place.

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