Hi, I was hoping to get some advice from women who have had PPP and gone on to have a second pregnancy. I had severe PPP with my first born, developing only a couple of days after birth. I was admitted into an MBU for 3 months. Responded quickly to treatment on Olanzapine. Several tumultuous years followed of periods of depression, and some manic periods requiring re-admission. Ultimately, I think I developed bipolar off the back of my initial PPP (with a strong family history of bipolar, even though I never suffered from it before).
I have put off having a second child for 6 years now, as I just can't deal with the anxiety and not knowing what to do for the best. Medicate through a second pregnancy or not. All the advice seems really conflicting and uncertain. I am currently on 225mg Lamotrigine and 5mg Olanzapine, and imagine I probably will be for life. But I am considering coming off everything for a second pregnancy, as no one seems to be able to reassure me about potential side affects to the fetus during pregnancy. Does anyone have any further experience of this?