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If You Live With Bipolar Disorder and Want to Have a Baby

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I heard a commercial on the radio asking for egg donors, but you had to be 32 or younger. I was 32. I had already been thinking of having a child and had gotten divorced because I wanted a baby, and my partner did not.

In the moment I heard the commercial, I thought, “I am running out of time; I need to have a baby now.” I first turned to my mental health treatment team and asked them if they thought it would be OK for me to go off my medications for bipolar disorder to get pregnant.

They gave me the green light with no hesitation. Just warned that I could not go back on them while I was pregnant. I did not think to ask if I would have any repercussions from going off the medication or what I was going to do if my bipolar symptoms surfaced.

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