Pregnancy and Bipolar

So this is a pretty patchy subject, to begin with it’s discussed whether people with Bipolar should even have children at all. Is Bipolar hereditary? Will a woman be able to cope with a baby when they have so many other issues going on? My answer to this is absolutely, why not? Having a child is the most natural thing a woman can do, although one born every minute doesn’t make it look very natural at all! I am currently 25 weeks pregnant and let me tell you it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. As if being pregnant isn’t hard enough but add a mental health illness on top of that and you have a woman who could explode at any minute over something so trivial, for example I cried the other day because my partner didn’t want dinner! But it’s the days when you can’t even get out of bed that are the hardest and you do wonder if when you have a child how you will cope because you haven’t got a choice you have to get dressed and washed and make sure another human being is as well. The thing I struggle with is the constant worry, is my baby alright? Is my medication affecting them, but that’s a whole other subject. I guess the thing to think about is how much do you really want it? Yes it will be difficult but it will be worth it and at the end of the day you are stronger than you think and days will be tough especially at the beginning but you will get through it.

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