(Closed) Postpartum Depression

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

ill bump this for you

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

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 # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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.

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