Bipolar and pregnancy – hi everyone :) before I post my question I will tell you a little about myself so as to cover all aspects regarding my query. My name is cara, i’m 28 y/o and i’m from victoria, australia. I was diagnosed with bipolar 6 years ago, i’ve had two relapses (mania) followed by depression both relapses being early in the illness. I’ve been stable for the past four years and the medication i’m being treated with is seroquel 200mg once a day, quilonum 450 (lithium) twice daily and thyroxine for an under active thyroid. My question is this.. My partner and I have made the decision to have a baby whilst I continue on these medications, we have seen a professor that specialises in bipolar and pregnancy and given the implications to the baby and myself the benefit of staying on the medication right through the pregnancy far outweighs the risk (being a relapse) or in the baby’s case (ebstein’s disease less than 1%). So I guess what i’m asking is that is there anyone or does anyone know of any cases that a women with bipolar has remained on her medications during pregnancy and what i’m also concerned with is the post natal period, even being on medications throughout the pregnancy there is still a high risk of relapse during this period, does anyone know of any preventatives to avoid this high risk period? I would appreciated any information regarding this and look forward to any replies, regards cara :)
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replied August 23rd, 2005
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He's telling you to take lithium all through your pregnancy?
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replied August 24th, 2005
Yeah, find a new doctor. Lithium during pregnancy? Not safe at all. I've had 4 kids, no meds at all. Best thing to do is relax. Limit the amount of stress. And find things that will calm you if you have an episode. For me it's music and art. Learn warning signs that you are about to have a bad episode so you know when to get help.
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replied August 24th, 2005
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Lithium is not safe during pregnancy, a girl I knew was switched from lithium to celexa I think it was.
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replied August 25th, 2005
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I understand all the (minimal) risks while taking lithium during pregnancy, but I also understand the risks involved for both myself and the baby if I relapse which seems to be the case 80% of the time when women come off their medications, does anyone know of any cases where there has been consequences for continuing lithium throughout the pregnancy? I know the main worry is ebstein’s disease (heart deformation) which is less than 1%. Doctors actually say now that lithium is not as bad during pregnancy as once thought, I suppose the older the medication the more we learn about it and its risk during pregnancy. Thanks for all replies, all personal experiences and information is much appreciated, cara
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replied August 25th, 2005
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Your right its not something that causes so many problems that its automatic that you shouldn't take ti , but most doctors don't want to risk it.
Can I ask, are you taking lithium as a "last resort?"
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replied August 25th, 2005
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caramaree wrote:
i understand all the (minimal) risks while taking lithium during pregnancy, but I also understand the risks involved for both myself and the baby if I relapse which seems to be the case 80% of the time when women come off their medications, does anyone know of any cases where there has been consequences for continuing lithium throughout the pregnancy? I know the main worry is ebstein’s disease (heart deformation) which is less than 1%. Doctors actually say now that lithium is not as bad during pregnancy as once thought, I suppose the older the medication the more we learn about it and its risk during pregnancy. Thanks for all replies, all personal experiences and information is much appreciated, cara


cant you take another kind of medication not so strong---

you would be surprised how much a pregnancy could make you feel better in a lot of medical ways. You dont even want to know all the diseases and prolums I have, but since this pregnancy all is getting better every day even better. And emotionally too--my life with my husband is a hard road to ride, but I just say ill be better no matter what he does and it is working. You too can have self control of your emotions and god can help you if you want it.

Good luck--protect her baby god, in jesus name
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replied August 27th, 2005
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I wanted to say thanks to all that replied to my question excluding of course 'bipolar hater' whom although is entitled to his/her own opinion I found it very offensive and narrow minded. In relation to being on lithium throughout the pregnancy I am choosing to stay on it as its currently what I am taking and have been stable on for the past 6 years, I look forward to any more personal experiences or information, regards cara
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replied September 2nd, 2005
Bipolar/preganacy.medication.
Hi,i think you should as your doctor.About wellbutrin
for pregancy.But I here it is safe.But when I was pregant.I could not take meds.Because they told me they were not safe..While preganant
so I know what your saying.Its hard going threw
preganacy.And having.Bipolar...Just hang in there..



I have 2 children...Write me.



If you need a friend to talk to..



Also.Thoose medications.Your doctor has
you on are not safe.They can harm your baby...


And the dosage.Mg amount.Is dangerous...









I know...If you would like to know more write me.
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