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Old 27-07-2014, 05:13 PM   #1
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Trying for a baby & BPD

is anyone in this situation? or been in it?
every month and its not happened I feel suicidal... its ridiculous xx



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Old 27-07-2014, 06:12 PM   #2
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Hi,

Yes I felt like that with my first son and everywhere I looked people were pregnant it was terrible. I just had to think that if I did eventually get pregnant that if I had hurt myself in anyway social services would have to get very involved. They had to asses me once I was pregnant because of my bpd but they had spoken to my therapist and I had a lot of support in the form of my Mental health team, an amazing midwife, a health visitor (that I met before baby was born so she could get used to " someone like me" and they arranged a volunteer to come and help me once my son was born plus I was compling with medication and had not harmed myself for over a year. If those things had not been in place they would probably have been very involved....

Anyway what I'm saying is once you are pregnant and you have a child you will never be able to attempt suicide or hurt yourself as you could lose your child ( what my therapist at the time said) so you have to find away to control these urges and thoughts BEFORE you are pregnant or it's 10Xs harder with added hormones / sickness/ pain to control yourself.

It's hard but think of the life you want to have with your child and focus on that image.

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Old 27-07-2014, 06:17 PM   #3
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Hey,

I think what Sunshine says is very important so I can't really add more on that front!

I guess what I would say though to you is that it is natural to feel disheartened and upset each month. I'm on a popular baby site with a TTC section and most women/couples who are trying do feel disappointed each month they haven't conceived so sadness is okay but I guess it's about managing that sadness in a 'normal' way and not allowing it to envelope you in to feeling suicidal or self harming etc.

If you ever want to chat, feel free to PM me. I can really appreciate how lonely this process can be!

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Old 27-07-2014, 06:29 PM   #4
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Thank you both. I am trying very hard to control my reactions and emotions. My suicidal urges are quite intermittent... but its more like a normal reaction for me now a days, but I don't act on it.

My self harming has also decreased significantly, although sadly I still struggle with this and even recently had a few bad days!

I keep thinking that if I don't 'behave myself' then even if we do get pregnant I may have the baby taken away from me which would be horrific.

I need to get better so that I can continue on and have the life that I dream off x



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Old 27-07-2014, 07:10 PM   #5
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It's good you are working so hard towards controlling your reactions and emotions. Do you have any support with regards to this?

It's also brilliant your self harm has decreased significantly, well done! It's understandable at times you will still struggle but I hope for you it will lessen so that you worry less about the potential for your baby to be taken away from you.

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Old 27-07-2014, 08:32 PM   #6
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Thanks.

I am seeing a psychiatrist every 3-6 months and my GP monthly..waiting for psychotherapy.

I work with children and if was approved that I wasn't a risk so hopefully that would help!! X



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Old 27-07-2014, 09:05 PM   #7
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I used to think suicidal thoughts were normal for me but since having my son they are not at all anymore so it really can change also it sounds daughting now but once you have someone to live for and you can't imagine them having to grow up motherless it just never crosses your mind.

I recently got pregnant with our second child (although it's still very very early days) and it took us 8 months and I did get very disappointed each month and the tension of those weeks between ovulating and your period is toutre looking for any possible sign but when it did actually happen it was soo much sweeter :)

I really hope you get there :) and well done on reducing self harm that's amazing :)

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Old 27-07-2014, 10:15 PM   #8
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Thanks so much! I hope and pray one day I'll have a family all of my own xx



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Old 27-07-2014, 10:37 PM   #9
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Not trying, but currently pregnant.
One important thing is that you need to tell your doctors that you are trying. Quite a few psychiatric medication isn't safe for use whilst pregnant and can cause birth defects. There are some meds that are safe for use during pregnancy, so it may be that you need to switch over now before you conceive. I fell pregnant whilst on medication and had to withdraw very quickly, which was really unpleasant. My baby seems healthy so far, but there are still risks.
Also, the UK has perinatal mental health teams. They specialise in care for pregnant women and then afterwards until their babies are a year old. They are experts in supporting women with serious mental health issues. I've just had my assessment with them and they were very helpful and going to give me a lot of support.





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Old 28-07-2014, 07:42 AM   #10
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Hey congrats - brilliant news.
I'm not on any medication at the moment and my GP knows I'm trying I will tell my psych at my next appointment.
How are you finding being pregnant?



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Old 28-07-2014, 10:46 AM   #11
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Thank you
Honestly, really rough. I've got hyperemesis, so I'm vomiting over ten times a day and am constantly dehydrated and exhausted.
My mental health though, is better than it's been in a long time. Which is weird because I thought coming off all my meds would leave me struggling.





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Old 28-07-2014, 02:54 PM   #12
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Aww sorry you feel rough. It must be the excitement of having a baby helping you stay well!

Hope it all goes well xxx



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Old 28-07-2014, 06:33 PM   #13
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I'm sorry this is so hard for you. I completely empathise as i'm in a similar position. Though only a week out of inpatient and not an actual agreement to start trying. Its so tough feeling like you either want to be pregnant or dead, right?

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Old 28-07-2014, 09:27 PM   #14
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Hi
Glad your out of IP and doing ok, its tricky when your first out, so hope all is well... big hugs
we have been trying for 7 months now and its soooo disheartening I feel like a complete failure.
I know that I would be an amazing mum. I would give the baby everything that they need and I know I can keep stable enough to be happy.. its just so tough thinking it might never happen



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Old 29-07-2014, 09:17 AM   #15
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It took me 8 months this time. Are you tracking your ovulation there are apps you can get. Also it's so clique but when I least expected it and had given up hope and thought there was no way it happened.



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Old 29-07-2014, 09:41 AM   #16
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Thanks!
Yeh I got an app 2 cycles ago so only have two months worth if data.. Been tracking my cycles etc so this month we now when's best etc but I'm not sure if that's going to put more pressure on us!
Oh well worth a shot!
Trying to get healthy too - upping exercise and reducing sugars and fatty foods.

Thanks for offering support it's really helpful to know I'm not alone and there is hope.

From a mental health point of view I've been pretty 'stable' since Christmas so do you think that's long enough?!



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Old 29-07-2014, 11:24 AM   #17
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Well your not on meds so that's great better then me and your complying with your team and stable I doubt very much that anything bad would happen as long as you are still complying in pregnancy. I was told that anyone under mental health services had to be assessed and she saw me once and she said everything was fine but she would refer to me the "early invertertion team" which is for families who might need some support and they were great went with me to groups, gave me help with child focused play, got me on a free parenting course and I could call or ask for help if needed . Also before I gave birth I had an amazing specialist midwife who came to CPAs with me. There is so so much support out there for women with mental health problems!! :) I'm sure your psychiatrist or gp would raise there concerns if they thought it was unwise



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Old 29-07-2014, 04:10 PM   #18
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You are doing great.

That sounds quite scary. I don't like the fact that people judge you based upon as diagnosis. I don't like bpd. No one acts kindly towards me when they know. It's really tough. Even in work it's like that once they found out the 11 years I'd been in that job meant nothing!! Xx



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Old 31-07-2014, 10:37 AM   #19
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I've never really found it that bad in the general public because no one has heard of it. But when you say "emtionally unstable personality disorder" it sounds like your some maniac "hey I've got an unstable personality...wanna give me a job or some kind of reasonsiblity" they just back away.

I never found it a problem with hospital or perfessionals either until (funnily enough) I went a team that is meant to specialise in it and started Dbt because then they just judged you based on what they have read about the diagnosis and not as a person with symptoms.

Like I said though there is a lot of support if you are pregnant though. :)



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I need to get discharged from services x



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