One expectant mother experienced such severe prenatal psychosis that she believed she was Jesus and a clairvoyant.
Stacey Gee, 31, had been suffering from psychosis in July 2020 while on vacation with her 34-year-old partner Danny, an electrician, in the Lake District two weeks ago.
She began to hallucinate – she thought a white horse was galloping past her – and became obsessed with magpies and the number seven.
She was convinced that her other child, Joey, eight, would be badly injured and was so concerned that she did not sleep for three days.
Stacey also began to think that she was psychological and began to predict that bad things would happen, like if her son got hurt.
Stacey attributed her behavior change to pregnancy hormones, but her sister Sarah Bacon, 29, a recruiter, was so concerned that he called the police in July 2020.
Desperate, Stacey was taken to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Hospital in Wigan, Greater Manchester, for two days, where doctors told her she needed more specialized treatment in another hospital.
She was cut and taken to St. Helens Hospital in Greater Manchester, where she stayed for three weeks while under medical supervision.
The pregnant mother’s psychosis worsened when she was persuaded to see dead relatives, thought she was in hell when she walked into a hot kitchen, became obsessed with number seven and began to believe that she was Jesus.
Doctors prescribed Stacey drugs, usually used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia or bipolar, to help relieve their symptoms.
Her condition began to improve and she was released three weeks later in August 2020, but was kept under supervision and had regular checkups.
She gave birth to baby Issac, who weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces, on March 16, 2021 at 2:40 a.m. at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Hospital in Wigan, Greater Manchester, after 48 hours of labor.
Now the mother from Wigan, Manchester, wants to raise awareness of prenatal psychosis in order to help other women.
Stacey said, “It was honestly the scariest time of my life.
“I thought I was Jesus Christ and I was obsessed with number seven.
“I poured water in seven places on an empty dining table and tore my bread into seven pieces – and said it was for the disciples.”
Stacey was on vacation in the Lake District in May 2020 when she first noticed a change in behavior – before she knew she was pregnant.
Stacey said, “My senses were so sharpened and my hormones were everywhere.
“We were walking up a hill and I felt so paranoid when my son Joey fell.
“I was shaking and panicking that something was going to happen to him.
“I also got fixated on people’s names and letters and was pretty mean to some of my friends.
“I thought they were terrible to me, but they weren’t – it was all very strange.”
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Stacey was thrilled to find out she was pregnant on her return on July 12, 2020, but her mental health deteriorated and her family began to worry.
She said, “I stopped trying to get pregnant because it had been a year. So it was quite a shock, but I was so happy.”
“We were all very surprised, but delighted, and I told everyone about it, even though it was so early.
“But I still did some strange things.
“I played Monopoly and started predicting things like when my family members would get married and die.
“I thought I was a little bit mental.
“I hadn’t slept in days.
“Danny said to me, ‘You’re really weird’ – so he could tell that something was wrong.
“I was really paranoid and obsessed with number seven.”
Her sister Sarah, 29, called the ambulance and after a visit from the police they decided to examine Laura at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Hospital.
She said, “I was in a really small room and just wanted to go home and sleep.
“I didn’t want to be in the hospital.
“I thought I would just check the box and go and it would be fine.
“I felt so strange and paranoid. I thought there was some kind of mission.
“I said things like, ‘I would know how to kill my life. ‘
“I tried doing yoga to get comfortable and sprayed my face to stay awake.
“I looked at the clock and knew I hadn’t slept in five days, but I didn’t want to sleep.”
Stacey was cut and taken to St. Helens Hospital in Greater Manchester, where she was officially notified that she had prenatal psychosis and was bipolar.
She deteriorated to the point that she thought she was Jesus and she saw dead relatives.
Doctors at the facility diagnosed Stacey with bipolar disorder, but explained that the pregnancy caused severe psychosis.
They gave her the drugs to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolarity.
Stacey said, “I wouldn’t take it at first, but at some point one of the nurses I trusted made me take it.
“I also looked in the mirror and I looked like I had been hit in the eyes.”
After three weeks, Stacey’s symptoms had eased and she was discharged and returned home to recover.
Stacey said, “At this point I was at a normal level interacting with support from nurses who were still coming to my home.
“The rest of my pregnancy was fine and I felt far less anxious and more self.
“When I got home I was six weeks pregnant so it was very early, but I had my medication to help.
“I’ve had ups and downs, but in general I’ve been much better.”
Stacey was relieved to finally have a child on March 16, 2021, and says her psychosis is completely gone – but doctors check her regularly to see if she is okay.
Stacey said, “I’ve probably been bipolar my whole life, but it triggered the psychosis because of my hormones.
“I’ve never heard of it and really wanted to talk to someone else who’s been through something similar, but I couldn’t find anyone.
“It could really happen to anyone, so people need to be aware of it.
“I turned 30 without ever having an episode, and then it came so that someone else could experience something similar.”