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    I'm lactating, exhausted all the time, bloating (which never happens) crampy feeling/constipation, headaches have increased, and my moods are starting to swing again (I'm a sufferer of Bipolar). My hpt was negative, but my doc says I need to come in for a blood test because my meds can mess with the results of the hpt. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of my mania is an extremely intense sex drive. Great fun while it lasts, not so fun when I have to get checked for pregnancy. I can't take birth control on my medications, and I'm usually careful (which is saying something during a manic phase), but I guess stuff happens, doesn't it? And so now I am going through the process of finding out. I'm 21, and I'm terrified. If I am, I know exactly who the father is, but I know he'd just want me to get an abortion or put it up for adoption, neither of which I'm Ok with and one that I definitely won't do. I have a job that I love, but it pays horribly. I just need some support right now, I've always been wary of getting pregnant period. I don't want any child to have the disorder I have, it's such a severe form that I can't help but be scared about that possibility.

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    It really is ok. And your doc is right. Better to get checked. And checked for STI's too since you are having unprotected sex. My brother suffers from bipolar as well and the manic type. His is controlled very well with a new med but he had a lot of the same fears you do. He's now married with two kids and neither of his boys are showing any signs yet. The good thing is it sounds like you are really in tune with yourself, you're taking your meds, and doing your best. That's all anyone can ask of you! Btw, have you thought about a non-hormonal birth control like paraguard? It might be an option. I know it's hard but try not to stress until you know for sure. Keep us posted!

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    thank you. I've already been checked for STI's and every possible STD, all were negative. So that part is good. It's good to know your brother's kids aren't showing any signs right now, that makes me feel a bit better about it all. I don't mind the idea of being pregnant so much as the idea that a child would have to deal with the insane mood swings that I have, so thank you for sharing that. I also posted my question in a forum specifically for Bipolar and pregnancy and got some very positive facts there too, which also helped. Here's to getting in to take the blood test (I can't do it until the beginning of January). Until then, it looks like it's time to start following a baby friendly diet. I know everything will work out for the best, it's just scary.

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    You can go to any planned parenthood and get a blood draw in the meantime. Just keep taking your meds. My brothers mood swings have become way better controlled as he got older and as they tried a few different meds. He has a temper but tends to show it more with us then with the boys. Hormones won't help so it's very important to keep an eye on yourself and discuss any changes with whoever is prescribing your meds. I'm also a social worker so I'm going to recommend you seek out someone to help you through this if you are in fact pregnant.

    Mommy to Piper 6/5/09 and an 11/2011
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    I've got a whole support system. :-) A counselor, the same social worker whenever I'm hospitalized, a psychiatrist, family physician, great friends and family - and my favorite police officers when someone needs to come and escort me to a safe place. So I'll have a lot of help. I watch my mood swings very very carefully, because I can go from swinging rapidly to dangerous psychosis very quickly. Thanks for letting me know about the planned parenthood idea - I didn't even think of that! I'll get right to that. I appreciate your advice and the support, it's helping me see that it really wouldn't be that bad. Certainly not ideal, but not unbearable. :-)

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    You've really got this covered!! It never ceases to amaze me when people take charge of their mental health. You're very wise for your age. Good luck with whichever way this turns out. Sounds like despite your MH issues you would be a good mom. Don't let your MH issues deter you forever. Doesnt sound ideal right now but I'm confident you would get yourself through this. Keep us posted!

    Mommy to Piper 6/5/09 and an 11/2011
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    Sounds like you have it all covered. Good luck and keep us posted!

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