Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Carroll County, Maryland
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I started taking lamictal during the second trimester. I'd been med free for several years because I'd learned to manage my moods with consistent diet, sleep, and exercise. Unfortunately, I found that being pregnant with a still-nursing (at first) 13m old and general life stress -- that I couldn't keep up with everything I needed to do to manage my bipolar without meds and finally admitted that I had to take meds again.
So I did the research and decided to go back on lamictal at 100mg a day starting in the second trimester. It's worked well for my moods -- a higher dose would probably work a little better, but 100mg keeps me balanced enough. I see a homebirth mw, so I've not done any extra testing or any ultrasounds, so we'll know in the next few days/weeks if there has been any negative side effects -- though most of the reported ones were related to first trimester treatments at higher doses.
Personally, at the point you're at now, I'd see about reducing or stepping off your meds while working with your doctor. I found that making sure I ate on a consistent schedule, slept on a consistent schedule, and hit the gym at least 3 days a week - I was able to manage moods just fine. I'd still have some ups and downs, but they were very mild and manageable. I did all of that while working with my doctor as well. But testing the waters before you have pregnancy hormones throwing a wrench in thing would probably be a good idea if you're considering that track.
Karen happily married mother of 3 great children (19, 6, 5), in my last semester for my Masters in Nutrition and started a six-month internship.