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Re: Post partum depression?

Post by elg » Tue Sep 17, 2013 07:55 am

I lost my son at a week old due to being born at 25 weeks. I have had terrible anxiety with this pregnancy and am now at 24 weeks. I had a consult with a therapist who sees patients in my OB office. She said I am at a very high risk of post-partum depression. It was the first time I had heard of this and was quite surprised. It does make a lot of sense though. We have been through enough without having to worry about this too. Part of it I guess.

Re: Post partum depression?

Post by kaxy » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:54 am

I think any mom is at risk for PPD any time in that first year (and it really can develop later after the birth, not just in the first few weeks!). A traumatic experience could certainly add to those risk factors. I think it's wonderful that you're being proactive and thinking ahead.

Get your support network in place for afterward and have your husband on high alert, your pediatrician (so when you're there for appointments he/she can also ask how YOU are doing), and maybe enlist a friend who has been there (or who is just perceptive) to follow up with you throughout that first year to see how you're doing.

You may get it, you may not. Hopefully not! And if you DO, know that there wasn't anything you did or didn't do to cause it. It's an equal-opportunity thing, just like pre-e :/

I suspect I had PPD with my firstborn but it was never diagnosed. And I definitely had a big downward swing when my second child was around 8m and started eating solids. Hopefully this next kid will be a different story.

Re: Post partum depression?

Post by MomTimesThree » Mon Sep 16, 2013 01:02 am

Hmmm, I don't know. I probably would have scored very high on any quiz with our 2nd- I was an emotional mess during his pregnancy, but it was smooth sailing after his birth. After our 3rd I didn't see it coming AT ALL and struggled with it. I think no matter what, every mom should be aware of the signs and symptoms and have a support network established.

:)
Lauren

Post partum depression?

Post by princess purr » Sat Sep 14, 2013 04:22 am

Are we at a higher risk for post partum depression? I'm still pregnant (thank God), but I decided to do a post partum depression quiz online because I can't sleep, and not hunger, consent worry etc. and I'm already scoring high on the quiz... so I'm a little more concerned that once the pregnancy is actually over I'm going to really have it. I was just wondering if going through a high risk pregnancy/early C-section etc ups our risks?? I'm going to talk to my OBGYN about it my next appointment and see if there is anything I can do before hand to try to lesson it.

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