bipolar and (treated) alcoholism and (prescription) drug addiction? Or any of the above? I am questioning the possibility of bearing children in this situation. Taking in to account mental and physical capacity as well as medication. Any advice gratefully received.
Have any members healthily (for mother and baby) conceived while suffering from depression?
- 14 May 2011 by Delila
- 15 May 2011
- antabuse, celexa, depression, bipolar disorder, alcoholism, drug dependence, alcohol dependence, amitriptyline, citalopram, tramadol, addiction, alcohol, prescription
I conceived and gave birth even though I suffer from depression and anxiety. I was not being treated at the time. I was abstaining from alcohol. I gave birth three months early. The doctor said it was because my uterus didn't want to get any bigger. I think it was because of stress and my inability to handle it. I think my depression played a big part in the problem. I am now being treated for my depression and have received years of therapy for my disorder. I handle stress much better and am living a relatively normal life. My daughter is a happy, well adjusted woman and really although born preterm did very well.
Depression that is not treated can have potential dangerous risks to the mother and baby. Untreated depression can lead to poor nutrition, drinking, smoking, and suicidal behavior, which can then cause premature birth, low birth weight, and developmental problems. A woman who is depressed often does not have the strength or desire to adequately care for herself or her developing baby. Babies born to mothers who are depressed may also be less active, show less attention and are more irritable and agitated than babies born to moms who are not depressed. This is why getting the right help is so important for both mom and baby.
There are safe and effective treatments for depression that will not harm the baby. These include psychotherapy and light therapy. You can read abit about light therapy at: https://www.drugs.com/mcp/light-therapy
Wishing you the very best,
I personally would really consider your decision. Bipolar depression, addiction, & alcoholism are hereitary problems. These things can be passed down to your children. Please read as much as possible about all of these conditions before conceiving. If I had known of the hereitary factors years ago that I passed down to my children, I think I would have made different choices.Adoption is always an alternative. My parents adopted 9 children because my mother could not conceive. Just some thoughts. Know it's a big decision. Everyone wants to have a baby when they are young & able. Best of luck to you...
Delila my dear I was depressed and that led to alcoholism when I became preg. (after 3 years of unprotected sex with his father) I was told it was unlikely I would concieve becuz of my issues with endo and cyst ect. and as soon as I turned 21 and started drinking often because I was self medicating with booze pills coke and weed! I became pregnant within 6 months! I was high risk bled the whole first trimester they didnt think the pregnancy would stick... It did in fact they brought him 2 weeks early bcuz he was getting so big so Oct. 24th 2008 My life changed a 9lb 2 oz boy changed me soooo much I have since quit cocaine,weed,pain medication abuse, and when I do get depressed HE MAKES ME FEEL BETTER! So it can be done it just depends on the person and situation I suppose.
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