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  1. Excellent post, Raeyn!

    I didn’t have bipolar during my pregnancy; my bipolar one disorder was actually triggered due to childbirth (known as postpartum onset bipolar disorder), so I feel that anyone who knows she has bipolar before actually getting pregnant is fortunate to know that she has it first.

    A book about bipolar and pregnancy was published a few years back titled “Bipolar and Pregnant” that got mostly good reviews (I’d check out its positive and negative reviews if the summary sounds useful to you, though!)

    Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Bipolar-Pregnant-Planning-Parenting-Depression-ebook/dp/B001BS2IGO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411251417&sr=1-1&keywords=bipolar+and+pregnant

    Hope this is somewhat helpful and that it makes sense – I write this while my two hyper girls are distracting me to no end! 🙂

    • Thanks for the book share, and experience share! I think my bipolar triggered in my teens, but I ‘coped’ for a long time without knowing or having any help I got lots of random applause through my pregnancy from the health care professionals for having managed that long. Managed yeah, but not really lived. It’s nice to live now. 😀

  2. Thank you for this post. During my pregnancy I was diagnosed and treated for depression. I wasn’t diagnosed bipolar until my son was two. The psychiatrist who diagnosed me as bipolar type II assured me that I could have a second child if I so chose. She said there were safe medications that I could take. We ultimately decided not to have a second child because I had my hands full with coping with my symptoms of bipolar type II, parenting a bright challenging high energy son, and working part time.

  3. Thank you for sharing this…this issue has been on my mind a lot lately. I’ve been told I’m extremely high risk, and every aspect of a future pregnancy will have to be planned to the nth degree.I love how you say that we are just as “worthy” on parenthood as anyone else…these words really stuck with me 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind words, friend! 🙂 Yes, one definitely feels like they have to hop through all sorts of hoops, but at the end, it’s such a relief to have made it through. It also helps to be honest with oneself in every possible way. There’s always that niggle in the back of the brain that tries to insist you cannot complain ’cause you did this to yourself, but pfft to that. It’s not like the brain is going to magically relent on being a jerk, yanno?

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