Women with bipolar are at particular risk of having a severe episode of illness such as postpartum psychosis (PP). Bipolar UK has produced a leaflet on this subject.

There is also a podcast you can listen to featuring a talk between Psychiatrist Dr Ian Jones and Clare Dolman, (Vice Chair of Bipolar UK) about how bipolar can affect women, particularly during pregnancy and after birth.

You can also find more information about postpartum psychosis and how to avoid or cope with it on the APP website where you can find details of a Second Opinion perinatal service.

This article contains some more tips and includes a personal account of one mother with bipolar’s successful attempt to avoid having a second PP episode.