My hypomania during pregnancy bad because I didn’t have any medication, I also felt very anxious during my pregnancy about how hypomania could impact me post-birth.
The midwife I first saw (before I saw a midwife trained in mental health issues) failed to recognise how much of an impact criticism had upon my mental health. She advised me to go to Slimming World due to me having put on a lot of weight in pregnancy.
I attended a community day service at first but they decided I was too unwell for the service so I was then looked after at home by my parents and supported by the home treatment team. I then experienced a period of depression for approximately eight weeks, followed by a period of being well of approximately three months. At the end of my pregnancy I experienced symptoms of depression so I was admitted to The Mount Mother & Baby Unit as an in-patient.
I gave birth to Max in January 2016 and I felt amazing, it was pure elation and happiness, but this was soon replaced by despair as I began to realise the feelings were due to hypomania. I was so disappointed. The first 10 days after Max was born are a real blur now because of everything I was feeling at the time.
When I was in hospital after giving birth I overheard nurses talking about me in the corridor saying “bed 4 has got mental health issues” in a very dismissive way which I found very upsetting.