Bi-polar Medications and Conception

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I want to begin trying to get pregnant but have some concerns.

I have Bipolar Disorder and am currently taking medications for the condition. Will these medications affect my ability to conceive? Also, will I have to stop taking my meds once I get pregnant?

ANSWER

It depends on what medications you are taking, so you should tell your prescriber that you plan to conceive and see what they recommend.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.