Post # 1
So, in the back of my mind, I’m afraid I’m at risk for having postpartum depression. I’m a bit scared.
I also, saw on another website that if you have the super women syndrome, you are also at risk. Yeah, me and the Darling Husband said I have that. Eeek! Well, I’m currently seeing a therapist so I know I need to talk to her about this and I’m sure she’ll help me through this fear and this problem if I have it.
It still worries me, though. I don’t want to be one of ‘those’ mothers.
Anyone else have this fear?
Postpartum depression can develop after the birth of any child, not just the first. The risk increases if:
- You have a history of depression, either during pregnancy or at other times
- You had postpartum depression after a previous pregnancy
- You’ve experienced stressful events during the past year, including illness, job loss or pregnancy complications
- You’re having problems in your relationship with your spouse or significant other
- You have a weak support system
- You have financial problems
- The pregnancy was unplanned or unwanted
The risk of postpartum psychosis is higher for women who have bipolar disorder.
Risk factors for Postpartum Depression:
History of depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive thoughts or behavior, mania
- Family history
- Marital conflict
- Prior episode
- Low confidence as parent
- Baby’s personality, health or disability
- Single parent
- Super woman syndrome
Post # 3
Something I didn’t know about until I had a baby is that most women have varying degrees of depression or sadness after the baby is born. It’s called “baby blues,” and it occurs from right after birth up until a month or so after. Postpartum depression, the clinical diagnosis, doesn’t actually peak until 3 or 4 months after childbirth. For some reason, I always thought that any sadness after birth was automatically PPD, and I had no idea the real time frame of developping PPD.
Maybe you could look into ways to decrease your risks? Things like exercise, proper nutrition, and having a great support team after birth can all help reduce your chances of developping PPD. At the very least, having a plan of action might help alleviate some of your fears.
Post # 4
Chill woman!! hahaha Is your BIO clock ticking like a timebomb? You have been wild about the babies lately!
I worry about this slightly too. I do have a history of depression but I don’t think any other family members have had postpartum. What is super woman syndrome? I think you just need to relax and think about something else. Even if you get postpartum it isn’t like you could have prevented it. There is no vaccine. How long before your ready to start trying? If you have awhile maybe you should babysit some more or try to prepare for parenthood more so than worry about what “could” happen.
As my dad says “Coulda Shoulda Woulda. Pretty soon you shit all over yourself.” You can hem and haw over all the things that might happen but concentrate on the things you can control.
Post # 5
I think it’s important to know what your risk factors are (both things you can change and those you can’t). This will help you keep an eye out for any issues that may arise post-partum. And keep in mind that risk factors don’t mean that you’re develop an issue – but they are things to keep an eye on.
Bottom line: If you’re concerned, talk to your doctor.
Post # 6
@Mrs. Spring: Yeah, I never knew that either. That’s good to know.
@MsBrooklynA: Umm, alright. Thanks for telling me to chill. (?) Sorry, I have babies on my mind lately. Me and the Darling Husband have officially agreed to start TTC by the end of this summer. That’s why babies have been on my mind.
Post # 7
@EvaBostonTerrier: Good point. Thanks and I will talk to my doctor about it. Now that we will be TTC soon.
Post # 8
I was fully prepared to have PPD. I don’t know, maybe my expectations were set so that I was ready for the worst, but I had maybe 2 or 3 down days, but otherwise felt pretty awesome, maybe a little anxious at times.
Everyone is different and all you can do is prepare for what may be, but if superwoman syndrome is a criteria, I should have had major problems!
Post # 9
I had significant post partum depression with my daughter (I actually became depressed prior to her birth). So much so, that I believe it interfered with our bonding and breastfeeding. I needed medication and therapy to get through it. I had a history of depression and a family history as well, but none of the other risk factors that you mentioned. With any subsequent pregnancies I know I need to be super careful about it reoccurring. I have discussed this with my OBGYN who agrees to be an active partner in making sure that if it happens again it is addressed early and appropriately.
Post # 10
@ttn133:No!!! I was joking. You were even joking the other day how you started 3 baby topics in like 10 minutes. I wasn’t trying to be mean. I just don’t think you should stress out yet over something like this. You have plenty of time to prepare.
Post # 11
@Mrs. DG: & @eeniebeans: Thanks. I feel better about it now. I’ll just need to talk to my dr about it. Also, it sounds like there are a few of us who have/ had the same fears.
@MsBrooklynA: It’s okay. Sometimes my mind goes into overdrive and having this forum available makes me make a thread for everything. This one particular thread, I’ve been thinking about for a while now, so I feel better that asking everyone about it.
Post # 12
@eeniebeans Thank you for sharing! I’m pregnant right now and have started to feel depressed. I thought this usually happened post-partum, but it’s good to know that it can happen during pregnancy as well. I’m going to see a counselor next week.
I know the feelings I am having are related to many life changes going on at once- we moved across the country, got married, bought a house and got pregnant all in a span of six months. My husband has been unemployed for a few months now and financial stress is really starting to build up. I’ve just sort of given up and feel down/defeated all of the time.
Next week can’t come soon enough so I can talk to a professional…
Post # 13
I think awareness is the key – so knowing the signs and also having other people (husband, family, therapist) watch out for them would probably make a huge difference.
Post # 14
(Vent) So this is probably threadjacking, but what made me really mad after I delivered an Angel Baby is all the post partum stuff is geared toward women with living babies. There’s groups and pamphlets and people who check in while you’re in the maternity ward. Nut not for Angel Moms. After Moose died and we were in the maternity ward, we received one pamphlet and no visits from anyone. The parents of living babies were visited by multiple nurses to talk about feeding, post partum depression, and the MANY groups offered at the hospital.
Now I believe every mother has the chance for post partum, but Angel Moms have no postives. They need so much more than we’re offered and it pisses me off. We’re essentially forgotten about because no one wants to talk about a baby who died in the womb, yet could’ve lived outside the womb. We’re alone with not a lot of sympathy because most people tell us to “get over it,” and/or “just have another baby.”
Sorry to threadjack, but I see this stuff and I think about all the women who are laying in their beds for weeks and have no support or aren’t told about groups which may be around. It’s actually why I’m so open about losing Moose.
(Stepping off soapbox and sorry for the rant/vent)
Post # 15
I swore I was going to have it, and other than a few emotional days I felt great. I would be aware of it and get help if you see the signs!
Post # 16
@TheFutureMcBride: I never even thought about this. It is very sad. Thanks for raising awareness in me.