Pregnancy and bipolar
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, talk to your psychiatrist as soon as possible.
It’s best to be under the care of a psychiatrist while you are pregnant and after your baby is born.
This is because your medications might need to be adjusted to keep you and your baby safe. Also, childbirth is a stressful event, and can bring on bipolar symptoms in some people.
Many people find that they benefit from contact with others who also have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Recovery is harder and slower when you are lonely. Self-help groups can help you get support and information.
The friendly support you get from your support group reminds you that you are not alone – other people have mental illnesses and are coping with many of the same problems as you.