Hi everyone - and welcome Susie!
Susie it's exciting to hear that you're about to start a family, hope it all goes well for you. I am also BP2, diagnosed almost a year ago. I had two children before my diagnosis, one that almost brought me undone was the sleep deprivation... I ended up with PND both times (worse with my first) and for me I think it was a combination of stress, anxiety and very little sleep. I battled through it without seeking help and that was a mistake. I kept it to myself, my husband didn't even really know what I was going through. Do you have a good support network that will be able to help out?
Velvet, asdff, sorry to hear that you're having a rough time... and Loula - how are you going now? You sounded very stressed out in your last message. We'd love an update from you?
Quirky, Rubyde, Airies and everyone else - hope you are well :-)