I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on this blog yet, but I’m currently 6 months pregnant and expecting an adorable little monster in November. In general, I’ve had an incredibly easy pregnancy so far. No morning sickness, cravings are pretty mild, and I’m still sleeping fairly well (talk to me again in two months). But it does get a bit confusing trying to sift through which symptoms are caused by my pregnancy and which ones are caused by my mental illness.
Before I got pregnant, I spent a lot of time and energy trying to determine which experiences in my life were caused by mental illness and which ones were “just me,” but pregnancy is teaching me that there isn’t always a crystal clear distinction between these. Sometimes it doesn’t necessarily matter where a problem is coming from, all that matters is acknowledging it and finding a way forward. If you’re also dealing with pregnancy and mental illness simultaneously, or if you have a mental illness and you’re worried about getting pregnant someday, check out my article on HealthyPlace: Mental Illness in Pregnancy: Is It Me, My Illness, or the Hormones?