I'm A Female Schizophrenic Who Wants To Have A Baby Someday

Question

Asked by jbk

I'm A Female Schizophrenic Who Wants To Have A Baby Someday

I'm a 21 year old paranoid schizophrenic who wants to have children someday. Do you think the year or more that it will take for me to get pregnant and have the baby will push me past the no return point in my illness. I know I will only be able to go through one pregnancy in my life. I really don't want to adopt. I want this experience and I want my own child. Also do you think it would be possible to resume medication after the child is fully developed in the womb? I'm looking for any advice, I haven't really found anyone who knows much on the topic or has ever seen a schizophrenic woman plan to go off meds to have a baby. Btw I'm on Geodon 80mg twice a day and just started BuSpar for social anxiety

Answer

Hello jkbogart,

For me the one reason I chose not to have kids is that I didn't want my son or daughter to risk developing schizophrenia.

If you are okay with that possibility the question really is in what way do you want to manage your pregnancy. I know of a woman who has schizophrenia who gave birth to a healthy daughter.

The only question you have to ask yourself and be honest about is this: do you feel you've recovered to the point where you could be a mother caring for someone else at the same time you manage your own recovery?

It is possible for a woman who has schizophrenia to raise a family.

As Pretty said, you will have to consult your psychiatrist to determine the safest way to carry a baby to term. However once the baby is born it is most likely that you will need to return to taking your medication every day as prescribed.

By the way I'm on Geodon too and it has been like a miracle drug for me.

I wish you all the best with whatever choice you decide to make.

Opting for having just one kid sounds like a good thing too.

I admire women with schizophrenia who have the courage to want to have kids.

It is not something I could do.

Regards,

Christina