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    Smile Bipolar depression, medication and TTC, oh my!

    Hi all! I've been stalking BH for a little while now - wondering "should I say hi, shouldn't I?".. but you all sound soooooo lovely how could I not!

    As you could probably tell from the title of this thread, I have bipolar depression. I currently take medication that you 100% cannot take when you are TTC So, in order to conceive safely, I need to come off my meds and risk having either manic or depressive episodes.

    Last year I came off my meds in preparation for TTC. But at the last minute, and I mean "the last possible minute", my DH changed his mind. So all that I went through to come off the meds...down the toilet. But, I love DH and I wasn't going to ignore how he felt. He needed more time, so be it. We worked through it, talked a lot and both made some compromises.

    Well, it's six months later and we're talking about trying again. It takes a few weeks to come off the meds, and then another four for them to be completely out of my system before it is safe to TTC.

    We won't start TTC until July/August - so until then, I need somewhere I can talk to likeminded women who are also juggling the million other things we have going on in our lives (work, family, friends, commitments etc) that sometimes I don't think my DH understands.

    So ladies - here I am warts and all!

    I really look forward to getting to know you better!

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    Hey Lana,

    I don't have Bp but you struck a cord with me. My partner would like me to have another bub & I'm 39 now & we nearly lost our 1st bub. Thing is you have to be so sure that your partner is going to be with 100% as it's such a hard road if they aint...
    Good luck chickieee

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    Hi Lana,
    I don't have Bi polar but but do have 'depressive tendencies' (???)I just wanted to say welcome and this is an amazing place to recieve and give support to those who either need help, support, an ear, to ask a 'silly' questio ( njo matter how silly someone else will have always asked it before you) or just plain want to share something great that happened.

    So Welcome and hope you find this place to be a major comfort.

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    Oh yeah ALWAYS come here if you need to talk( or PM me if you want to be more private, I have great listening ears )

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    Thanks ladies - I'm feeling at home here already

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    Hi

    I have been diagnosed with long term, chronic cyclic depression with anxiety disorders.
    With my first two babies I was completely off medications before falling pregnant and during the whole pregnancies (quiet proud of myself for that actually! ) But... with my last baby, I weaned myself off my meds right before I fell pregnant. It wasn't long before my world came craching down around me and I was advised by my OB (who has a lot of knowledge in depression disorders and medications and is always up to date with new meds and what is safe and not etc etc) to start back on my meds considering I was almost 3 months, and to see a psych, counsellor etc. So when I saw a psych they changed my meds to 'safer' ones. Things got worse, I was referred to another center where they specialise in pregnancy and mental health where I was managed by one of the people who actually founded and runs "beyond blue"... a professor who specialised in pregnancy and mental health and PND... so I knew I was in good hands. My meds were changed to an older med consider safer because they knew more about it, not like these new ones that have only been on the market a few years.
    So things were ok for a while but there was a LOT and I mean a LOT of stuff happening in my life at this time. So I had to start on a very low dose of a category D medication... considered NOT safe at all, but this was potentially a life saving medication for me... it worked at a small dose, myself and my baby were monitored closely and all was going fine. Baby was born, no complications, no ill effects from medications whatsoever

    Moral to the story... it's ok to take meds, just make sure you know the risks and benefits. If it means you have to take them to actually get through life! To make it out alive (yes I"m being serious! I think we all know what depression is like, it can be really bad esp with all the extra hormones during pregnancy!!!) sometimes it's what is needed. I didn't like taking the meds at first but I knew it was what was best not only for myself, but for my other children, my family, everyone around me and ultimately... my unborn daughter.

    I wish you luck, and if you need to talk about anything talk to the girls on here who've been through it. Or pm me if you want it kept private




 

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