I had my son 4.5 years ago and suffered PP. I was in a MBU for 2 months with my son and was able to breast-feed with their help. Since then I have had two manic/psychotic episodes, one adult mental health hospital admittance, and been diagnosed with bipolar. I have been well for about a year and a half now, but on medication (Lamotrigine 225mg and Olanzipine 5mg).
I am considering having a second child but am extremely anxious and depressed trying to make the decision. I am concerned about being on medication and pregnant, as I don't want any risks to the fetus. But I know my chances of becoming unwell again are high. I know I could suffer from PP again, and while I can accept that, I am so worried about what it would mean for my son if I am in an MBU for a long period of time. I also worry that I may never get well again - with PP and bipolar - it seems like no one really knows what can happen.
I am so scared, but I can't seem to come to terms with the decision not to have another child.
Has anyone gone on to have another child and decided not to have medication? Or have you taken something at a certain stage of the pregnancy? I seem to respond well to Olanzipine, but don't know if its that, or a combination of that and Lamotrigine that is keeping me level. But I've heard taking Lamotrigine during pregancy can be risky.