Amy's Journey with...

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) ~ Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) ~ Focal Impaired Awareness (Complex Partial) Seizures ~ Fibromyalgia ~ Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP) ~ Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) ~ TMJ Dysfunction ~ Bipolar Disorder Type I Rapid Cycling ~ Migraines ~ Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) ~ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ~ Keratosis Pilaris (KP) ~ Complex-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) ~ Panic Disorder ~ Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) ~ Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) ~ Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (Self-Harm) ~ Piezogenic Pedal Papules ~ Hashimoto's Thyroiditis ~ Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ~ Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) ~ Specific Phobias ~ Chronic Headaches

Sunday, April 4, 2010

EDS babies II

I've still been thinking a lot about having a baby.  I would have to go off all of my medications for the whole time we were trying to get pregnant and then through the pregnancy and if I decided to breastfeed.  I might not even be fertile, as my PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and hypothyroidism can both cause infertility.

After all of that, assuming I could get pregnant I have to consider passing down my EDS and my Bipolar.  I also have to worry about problems during pregnancy because of the EDS and I'm at a higher risk of gestational diabetes being overweight and having PCOS.

The remaining option to have children would be adoption.  My therapist I see for my Bipolar and PTSD also works as an in-home inspector for families who want to adopt.  She told me that Jim and I would not pass the inspection because of our health problems.  If I cannot lift a baby how could I care for her?  If Jim and I are both having seizures then how could we care for a baby?

I've always wanted children.  I feel as if my health problems have cheated me out of an important part of my life.  I can't help but thinking it isn't fair.  I have a lot of love to give, as does Jim.

What happens now?

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