Could her baby be at risk?
Not every pregnancy decision is popular, but at the end of the day, it’s the mother’s choice what she does with her body. But when it comes to risking the safety of the unborn child, it’s not uncommon for more people to try to intervene. That might just be why Teen Mom pregnancies tend to be so controversial.
Now that Amber Portwood is pregnant for the second time, things seem to be much different. She’s in a more stable relationship, has her own home, and is staying on top of her sobriety. But this recent update has many of her fans concerned about the safety of her pregnancy and the effects that her choices will have on her child.
Amber Portwood shocked fans when she revealed that she was pregnant for the second time. Given that she had only been dating her baby daddy Andrew Glennon for a few months — or potentially weeks — when she got pregnant, it’s pretty safe to say that it wasn’t intentional. Still, fans are excited for her to bring her second child into the world, and Amber seems beyond thrilled about her growing family.
When Amber shared news of her pregnancy, it wasn’t the only major update she had. She also revealed that after she broke up with Matt, she decided to stop taking all of her psychiatric medications.
Amber, who was diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder, revealed on Teen Mom OG that she stopped taking her meds around the time she met her baby daddy Andrew. She revealed she was “completely off [her] meds,” and that she stopped taking them “about a month ago because [she] didn’t need them. [Andrew is] a very uplifting person, he’s positive.”
Previously, Amber has shared that the medications for her mental illnesses could complicate a pregnancy.
“I just got re-diagnosed for Borderline Personality and Bipolar Disorder, and I’ve been taking three medications now that I need to take for the rest of my life,” Amber revealed in an earlier season of Teen Mom OG. “I can’t, I can’t get pregnant on this medication.” She went on to add, “I can get pregnant, but it would mess up the fetus. If I do not have medication, I will not be normal. I would have … crazy mood swings.”
Now, she’s shared that she decided to go back on antidepressants during her pregnancy.
“I’m on medication for depression now that’s safe for pregnant women, because it was getting pretty bad and we had a scare that maybe I would fall into a postpartum depression after the baby,” Amber revealed to Us Magazine. “But everything’s going smoothly.”
As with any pregnancy decision, this has made quite the divide in the fanbase. “Good for her and baby,” wrote reddit user genius_f*ckface. “She needs to have a clear head. It’s not always easy being pregnant with hormones alone let alone having a mental illness.” User emdee39 wrote, “The first smart decision she’s made since dumping Matt.”
Others were less happy about the update. “It’s really about the baby though,” shared user valkyriejones. “And I don’t care what anyone says, psychotropic medications during pregnancy are a big no-no.” User JennHatesYou shared, “Um. This is….not good? Anti-depressants, for someone who is bipolar, can have serious consequences. It can flip them into mania/hypomania and/or cause them to rapid cycle… My opinion is Amber probably didn’t bring up the bipolar with her doctor and stuck with the ‘I’m depressed’ line. I guess we shall see in the next few months if she starts to cycle again, my guess is that she will.”