Post # 1
Lately I’ve been wondering about Postpartum Depression. Are you more prone to PPD if you have suffered depression in the past? Am I just asking for trouble if I plan on TTC soon?
I’ve suffered with depression and eating disorder problems for more than half my life (I’m 30). I’ve recently (finally!) gotten over my eating disorder, and I am on a low-dose of Prozac to keep my depression in check. I have been feeling SOOOO much better over the past two years! I feel like a compeltely different person…with more energy to do things, a better outlook on life, more days of smiling and being happy in general than ever feeling down. It has really helped my horrid mood swings that came the week before my period…I felt like a crazy estrogen-monster before…now it is just another week. I know that this isn’t all attributed to the medication (I’ve made some real life changes and found a wonderful man to call my DH). I just worry that things will do a backslide if I end up with PPD.
Has anyone else ever suffered from depression BEFORE having a baby? How did you fare post-partum? Do you think it was more difficult for you due to a history of depression? How did you cope? Were you able to continue medication throughout your pregnancy/breastfeeding? What special challenges did you face?
Post # 4
I don’t have much personal experience with this, but I do want to offer up some suggestions. Pregnancy messes with your hormones, as does the period of time following birth. This can lead to feeling of sadness or depression in anyone. I don’t know what the statistics are, but I’m willing to bet that if you have a history of depression, you might be more prone to PPD as well. The good thing is, you’re aware of your issues with depression. I would definitely talk with your therapist or psychologist before you get pregnant (partially b/c they might need to switch your meds to something that won’t harm the baby). Between yourself, your doctors, and your husband, you should be able to monitor yourself for signs that you’re sliding back into depression, and your doctors should be able to help you out with a combination medication and therapy. If you haven’t already come across it, I recommend the blog dooce.com. The woman who writes it has experienced a lifelong battle with depression including PPD, but she has two beautiful daughters now and she seems to think it was all worth it.
Post # 5
We won’t be TTC for a few more years, but this kind of terrifies me. I have battled with depression and anxiety since I was a teen. Hormones make it worse, and I had to go off the pill because it made my anxiety so much worse. I am so worried for pregnancy and PPD. I hope that you can work with your mental health professionals to manage your depression both during, and after pregnancy. Good Luck 🙂
Post # 6
I had HORRIBLE depression through my teens (spent 5mths not leaving my bed) years followed by even worse mood swings and anxiety in my young adult years. They put me on everything they could and nothing seemed to really help long term. Believe it or not having DS leveled me out!… yea I still had some days where I questioned how good a mom I was b/c I was struggling or frustrated or just because but my mom was there and very helpful and it never progressed any worse than an ocassionally overly tired crying spell in those first few weeks.
PPD is always something to be aware of regardless of our prior history b/c until we’re going through the hormone chagnes/fluctuations there’s just really no way to know how WE will react.
Key is haivng a good support system and refusing to withdrawal from them. If you’re becoming overwhelmed Darling Husband NEEDS to know so he can help, if you need some time to yourself Darling Husband NEEDS to know so he can help, if you’re feeling like a “bad mom” b/c of some emotions you’re having then Darling Husband NEEDS to know so he can help. You HAVE to have a good support system b/c even those without history of depression could suffer from PPD… but having a good support system is the key to getting through it. =)
Post # 7
Thanks for all the help, ladies! It is comfoting to know that I am not alone in worrying about this, or dealing with depression in the past. I agree that it is something I should really talk to my doctor and therapist about, because I don’t want to become overwhelmed and have things go back to the way they used to be.
I’m particularly worried because I live on the opposite side of the country from all my family. My Darling Husband and I planned on having a baby while he is still on shore duty in the Navy, but he will be going back out to sea about 4 months after the baby would be born. I don’t have a lot of friends out here yet, so I guess my main goal for the time being would be to work on a support system out here. I have another close female friend who is in the same situation, so we’ll probably be leaning on each other quite a bit. It is daunting, but I know others have done it before. It does make me very thankful to have an online support system like this too!!!
Post # 8
I had quite serious bouts with depression in highschool and college. I had PPD with my first pregnancy, but not with my second. I don’t know why there was a difference, but there definately was. My OBGYN was aware of my history, so I was closely monitored during my second pregnancy even though I ended up not needing it.