Wigan mum-to-be believed she was Jesus as she suffered hallucinations during pregnancy

A mum-to-be believed she was Jesus and was convinced the devil was in hospital with her after experiencing prenatal psychosis.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 3:55 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 4:06 pm

Stacey Gee was two weeks pregnant when she started suffering from the terrifying hallucinations, the Star reports.

The 31-year-old from Wigan became obsessed with the number seven, began buying food in packs of seven and felt compelled to repeat actions seven times.

She also became convinced she was seeing dead relatives.

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Stacey Gee with partner Danny and son Isaac

The mum-of-two, who noticed her behaviour changing before she knew she was pregnant, said: "It was honestly the scariest time of my life."

Stacey was on holiday last summer with her partner Danny, 34, and her other son Joey, eight, when she first noticed the worrying symptoms.

"My senses were so heightened. I was shaking and panicking," she said.

When Stacey found out she was pregnant, she put her unusual behaviour down to hormones.

But a few months later her sister Sarah Bacon grew so worried she called the police.

Stacey was taken to hospital and sectioned.

She was monitored by medics and told she was suffering from prenatal psychosis and bipolar.

But her psychosis worsened and she became convinced she was Jesus, even breaking seven pieces of bread on to the table and offering them to nurses.

"I started predicting things like when my family members were going to get married and die," Stacey said.

"Then I was fixated on my grandad, nan and auntie who had passed away.

"In hospital I was reading people’s palms. I walked into the kitchen and told everyone the devil was in there. I even saw a nurse’s face change from green to red like a traffic light.

"I thought the devil was coming to get me."

Doctors prescribed medication usually taken to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia to ease her condition.

After three weeks the medication kicked in and Stacey was able to manage her symptoms and return home.

She said: "I was interacting on a normal level by this point so I returned home, with the support of mental health nurses still coming to see me.

"I had ups and downs, but generally I was much better."

On March 16, after a 48-hour labour, Stacey gave birth to healthy baby Issac and has had no problems since.

She now wants to raise awareness of prenatal psychosis.

Stacey said: "I’ve probably been bipolar for my whole life, but because of my hormones it brought the psychosis on.

"I’d never heard of it and I was desperate to speak to somebody else who had been through something similar, but I couldn’t find anyone.

"It could happen to anybody, so people need to be aware of it. I got to 30 without having an episode. Someone else could experience something similar."

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