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Parenthood and Medication

I would like to here peoples experiences/opinions on having children even though you maybe schizophrenic. I am considering having a baby, but am concerned about going off meds for it. Working with my doctors now to figure out if I can switch to different medications during the pregnancy. Worried about the whole process. My doctors don’t seem to think I can develop into having a full life.

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I think the little bundle of joy would be worth the symptoms. Sounds like you’re doing the right thing by speaking to your doctor and asking around… I probably also look at some the naturopathy treatments that wont harm the baby. Things like omega-3, vitamin B etc but talk to your doctor about levels for pregnancy. Hopefully some of the others can give much more personal accounts of their pregnancy with symptoms.

My husband and I are also considering having a child whilst I’m schizophrenic. I am not in a good place right now so it seems impossible but the doctors say its possible. That is - when I am stable.

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I can tell you, I was not on meds for either of my pregnancies, but, I was oddly more stable. This was before I had ever started medication, but, was obviously ill. The pregnancy hormones seemed to level me out. That and the fact that my diet was perfect, because I was carrying an extra special person with me. Now that I have a 4 year old and 8 month old and I am on medication, all is well. I have my ups and downs, but, having people to care for keeps me sane. I CAN’T just check out and be crazy. I have obligations. This does mean a lot of added anxiety, but, with anxiety medication, I am doing really well and I love my kids. They are the most amazing things to ever have happened to me. The first 8 weeks you can expect some waking in the middle of the night, but, it’s not hard! Just get up, breastfeed, bottle feed and then put your bundle back to bed. Don’t let him or her be dependent on rocking or singing to sleep. Both of my children did great. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me, I will gladly help out.

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Some reading that may be valuable:

http://forum.schizophrenia.com/t/should-a-schizophrenic-woman-have-a-child/15066

Thank you so much everyone for your comments. I have so much to think about and plan for. I don’t want to have regrets, but it is hard to reach for a “normal” life when dealing with the symptoms of sza. I wish I could step back into life before my breakdown when all things seemed possible.

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