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Jessi Lepine

My name is Jessi Lepine. I am Canadian, 32 years old, married to a psychiatric nurse, and we have a 13 month old baby girl. I work in mental health as Therapeutic Programming Lead on a Geriatric Psychiatry Program at the same hospital where my husband works.  I am the third person in my immediate family to be diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.  My first manic episode came one year after my brother took his life in 2005. It was a long road to recovery, and thankfully I have been stable for almost 3 years. With a solid nutrition, medication and sleep routine, a strong support network and invaluable resources like the International Bipolar Foundation, I have been able to maintain stability, and have found success in my career and family life.  This roller-coaster-ride of living with Bipolar Disorder literally has its ups and downs, but luckily there are also times when life is steady, manageable, happy and calm. I am very excited to be able to write a blog for this amazing foundation, I am honored to be among such talented blog writers whose stories have helped me immensely to learn healthy ways to cope over the last several years. 


Hi Jessi,
I would love to hear more about your experience with pregnancy, PCOS, and bipolar disorder. I'm type 2 with PCOS and have been going back and forth re: TTC and the guilt, if I should even try, etc. My questions are- What meds have you safely taken during pregnancy? Do you have any of the positive resources you spoke of discovering when you were considering trying for a kid? I really would love to hear more about your experience as there are so many negative stances on BP and pregnancy, and not many women have the added challenge of PCOS. Do you have a personal blog that you write about this experience in more detail?

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