Selena Gomez opens up about how her bipolar diagnosis may hinder her ability to carry children of her own in the future after visiting a friend who was trying to get pregnant Gomez said she cried because of two drugs to treat her bipolar disorder which she says might be able to carry her children rolling Stone’s Alex Morris writes.
Gomez says it’s one of the great gifts of my life that the 30-year-old hasn’t completely given up on the idea of motherhood despite being unable to raise her own children. However I mean I will have children that I will add and there are options like surrogacy or adoption that she can choose from if she decides to become a mother.
Motherhood and mental illness are a complex pair. Deciding to pursue a pregnancy while living with a mental disorder is a very personal and complex decision that is best made with an OBGYN and a mental health professional. However, more information than ever is available about the potential side effects of mental illness medication on the fetus, even if it is not all conclusive.
As Hilary Kelly wrote for Glamour in 2017, her decision to stay on antidepressants (SSRIs) during pregnancy came down to a cost-benefit analysis. Ultimately she decided that they would continue to take my OB and both psychiatrists reminded me over and over again that if those panic attacks engulfed and destroyed my inner life it was likely to be the best decision for my child.
Kelly also worried that taking SSRIs during pregnancy would be perceived as a careless parent before her daughter was born. Removing the stigma about mental health, including the idea that it is selfish to somehow treat her illness, is one of Gomez’s goals with the release of her new documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me.
Gomez discusses the expectations she faced when she was still an aspiring young actress living in Texas. By 25 she said she hoped to get married. Although she found herself still single when she turned 30 earlier this year I threw myself into a wedding she says.