Our expert says:
There's no simple answer, I'm afraid. So much depends on the details - how severe the disorder has been in previous episodes, how frequent the episodes and how stable or unstable the condition, and which drugs or combinations seem best to control it. The risks that concern us are really rather small, but vary acording, also, to the period within the pregnancy when particular drugs are or are not used, and can include physical problems in the foetus. The risk to a foetus of having a mother ina severe depressive or manic episode are also significant.
We are not thinking of the issue of risk of the child later in life developing Bipolar Disorder.
The disorder is quite common, so every child born has some risk of developing it. If one parent has Bipolar Disorder, that risk is a bit higher, but still not very high. If BOTH parents have the disorder, then the risks of later BD are higher - so though one may make friends in a support group, when choosing a mate, maybe we should insist on someone at least with a different disorder to our own !
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