Saturday, August 22, 2009

Life as a Bipolar Mom

The emails and comments that I've gotten over the last month have overwhelmingly said that you want me to continue on with this blog. I'm glad to have heard from so many women that my blog has inspired you to know that you can have a baby, and breastfeed even though you have bipolar disorder. It's also been great for me to connect with so many of you. Sometimes it can feel like I'm the only one learning to juggle life with a baby and my illness, but then I just have to open my email and I find so many other women who I have so much in common with. If you haven't emailed me directly, please feel free to contact me at bipolarpregnancy@gmail.com

I had a good suggestion from two women that I find someone who is currently pregnant to do some guest post writing. I thought that was a great idea, so if you are interested in sharing your story on this blog please email me.

Later this week I'll be doing a post on breastfeeding and meds. I breastfed for a full year while on a low dose of Lamictal ... I'll share my struggles and challenges so that if you are currently pregnant you know what options are out there once the baby comes.

Best,
Rachael

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

R:
its the hardest thing ever, this juggling, I had my meds doubled and have started therapy again cause after almost 9 months I am not ok.

Melissa said...

Thank you so much for this blog! Very encouraging. There arent many medical professional or any other people who talk about this topic.

T-Vill said...

i will be very interested in sharing my story on here about being bipolar and pregnant (currently 28 weeks).

tara said...

I just came across this blog (thanks to googling) and feel so encouraged and comforted! I don't feel so alone. I have been diagnosed w/ BD in the past, but am not currently on any meds. I think I am suffering PPD with 3 kids-my youngest 5 months old. Anyway, thanks for sharing your story! I am curious to hear more about as it relates to motherhood in general, not just preganncy.

Lithium_Angel said...

I have been searching trying to find an online support system as a bipolar pregnant woman- there isn't much! Whats worse is googling can lead you to many hurtful, negative things said about bipolars. Pregnancy had agreed with me and seemed to level my moods out, but now I am feeling the depression and scared about the mom aspect! So please continue sharing!

Anonymous said...

My hubby and I were about to start trying for our 2nd baby when I got diagnosed with bipolar. :( I had weened off my antidepressants b/c I didn't want to be on any while I was pregnant. Once off all my meds I crashed. I really want to get pregnant and want to hear more stories about pregnancy and if your mood really does stabalize enough to not have to be on any meds until after the baby is born.

Texas breast reduction said...

wow- i commend you for your honesty and courage in sharing your story. i really believe that the drugs and alcohol are contributing to your anxiety- there is a reason why they are counter-indicated with all those psychmeds. i have a lot of other thoughts as well. it will be interested to hear the response from the community.

Rachael said...

Texas breast reduction,

I'm not sure what drugs and alcohol you are referring to. I do not and have not taken any illegal drugs since I was 16 years old. I drink maybe 2-3 times a month and I don't have more than a couple of glasses of wine. I don't get "drunk"

However you bring up an interesting stat - 60% of people with bipolar disorder have a drug or alcohol substance abuse problem.