People think that once you’re pregnant, you’re not entitled to your body, but what happens to the mother happens to the fetus — a mentally healthy mom is critical for fetal and infant development.
However, despite how relatively common it is — "Everyone knows someone with bipolar disorder," Dr. Wisner adds — many women are totally unaware they have it. That means that some women who experience postpartum psychosis don’t receive their bipolar diagnosis until after they have a psychotic episode triggered by pregnancy and birth. What Every Woman Should Know
I hope that by sharing my story out loud, other mothers won’t feel ashamed about their mental health and they will realize that there's a community of support ready to help them heal.