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Posted by: susan v.d merwe | 2010/02/21

bipolar

my son`s girlfriend have Bipolar 2, they are serious involved
can she get pregnant and have children and will the child be okay during pregnancy and later on if the baby is born
thanks

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Well, firstly, except if she had some very serious episode of her Bipolar Disorder ( either up into a manic episode, or down into a severe Depression ) it could complicate the management of her pregnancy, but usually no risk to the child. She should discuss this in detail with her psychiatrist, though, to make sure thaty in advance she is stabilized on meds selected so as to minimize problems with the pregnancy. There are very small risks with some of the meds used, but rather more risk with someone being untreated if a severe episode arises, so her shrink will be able to balance this out and help her to make the right plans/
As for after the birth, well, every child born has SOME risk of developing Bipolar Disorder later in life, but fortunately a really small risk. If one parent has Bipolar disorder, this lifetime risk is increased, but still not very high. IF BOTH parents have bipolar disorder, the lifetime risk for the child of developing the disorder would be higher still but still most of their kids would NOT have the disorder.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/02/21

Well, firstly, except if she had some very serious episode of her Bipolar Disorder ( either up into a manic episode, or down into a severe Depression ) it could complicate the management of her pregnancy, but usually no risk to the child. She should discuss this in detail with her psychiatrist, though, to make sure thaty in advance she is stabilized on meds selected so as to minimize problems with the pregnancy. There are very small risks with some of the meds used, but rather more risk with someone being untreated if a severe episode arises, so her shrink will be able to balance this out and help her to make the right plans/
As for after the birth, well, every child born has SOME risk of developing Bipolar Disorder later in life, but fortunately a really small risk. If one parent has Bipolar disorder, this lifetime risk is increased, but still not very high. IF BOTH parents have bipolar disorder, the lifetime risk for the child of developing the disorder would be higher still but still most of their kids would NOT have the disorder.

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