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Has anyone else had PPD?

post #1 of 7
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I had post partum depression with all of my girls, did not take anything after my first baby b/c I didn't really know what I was feeling and didn't seek treatment.  A couple months after my 2nd baby I realized I was feeling the same things I did after my first so I finally went into the midwife and got a prescription for Zoloft I think.  I started Zoloft again shortly after my last baby as a pre-emptive measure.

 

This time I'm thinking with the better support system I have (mainly an awesome hubby who will help around the house and with the kids), I might not need it if I can start walking and getting vitamin D with the sun and figure out some other natural methods after baby is born.  Also doing research now to know better how to deal with Raynaud's which caused severe pain while bfing and I'm sure did not make the PPD any easier, probably worsened it.  If anyone has ideas they have tried, I'd love to hear them.

 

Does anyone else have experience with this?  What are you going to do?


Edited by shastalily - 2/4/12 at 7:43am
post #2 of 7

I had PPD when pregnant with my second. Lifestyle changes helped keep it away with the third, and by this pregnancy - life stress is a lot less so I am thinking I will be just fine.

I do get PPD if I breastfeed for too long. My skin starts crawling and it depresses me every time I hear the babe cry for food. So usually I give myself breaks by pumping.

I am pretty sure this time will be different overall - more supportive husband, really wanted baby, older kids to help and converse with if needed....

 

I think vit D and walks in the sunshine are great ideas :) Also nutritious food stored and a couple new t-shirts (white for spit up stains!) and mascara always helped remind me I am still human...

post #3 of 7

I had a terrible experience with postpartum anxiety after my last baby!  It was bad... but when I finally went to the dr. I had a terrible, horrible reaction to the medication they gave me ... and ssri like zoloft.

 

I cannot take those at all.  But having god support (this time we are hiring a PP doula!) and getting lots of fresh air, sun and exercise... plus it will be summer and so I don't have to rush around with a newborn getting everyone to and from school... the kids will have camps and such, and I will have a regular job (I hope this new gig is successful postpartum!) that I will need to work regular hours--and that will have its challenges... but overall, I am looking forward to the summer.  coolshine.gif

 

For me one of the biggest contributors to PPD is lack of sleep... so finding someway to get some consistent sleep is key. 

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks, guys!  Interestingly, at my hypnobirthing class today we talked about placenta encapsulation and it's huge benefits in preventing or curing PPD.  Our instructor actually does it at her home for a pretty low cost for her students.  I'm thinking about doing that.  Has anyone done that before or have any links about it that explain more?

post #5 of 7

I had PPD, though everyone insisted it was due to our life at the time. (6 weeks in the NICU, BIL died when she was 4 months old, grandmother died when she was 5 months old and a good friend died unexpectedly at 6 months old... not a good stretch.

 

This time I'm going to encapsulate my placenta and see if that helps. I'm also going to do my best to not have anyone around me die suddenly... Not that I can really control that one. :P 

 

I also have a husband who doesn't work overnights and isn't borderline addicted to video games, Coke (the pop, not the drug!!!!) and pizza. We heat super healthily and I've got a lot more in the way to help this time. :) 

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by shastalily View Post

Thanks, guys!  Interestingly, at my hypnobirthing class today we talked about placenta encapsulation and it's huge benefits in preventing or curing PPD.  Our instructor actually does it at her home for a pretty low cost for her students.  I'm thinking about doing that.  Has anyone done that before or have any links about it that explain more?



I have to admit that I am skeptical about this... I have never done it... but I am just not sure about it. confused.gif  I mean, if it is nutrients that are extra healthy, I'd rather get the vitamins I guess... I don't know.  Part of my concern is also that it acts a a filter and may have toxins in it?

 

I don't know... I am totally just spewing random things and have never researched it.  I am a firm believer in placebo effect, and if it is that, I think I would rather have another placebo...

 

I mean, isn't it just like a big piece of liver? headscratch.gif

 

This is me speaking from total ignorance about the subject though.

post #7 of 7

Shastalilly- This is my first baby, so I've never had postpartum depression, my mother did have it very intensely with me and I have a history of depression, so I am looking to be pro-active as well.  For several years, I tried various medications for depression, which worked to some degree.  Due to other medical issues, I ended up having all my vitamin and mineral levels checked and it turned out I was dangerously deficient in B12, and low in Vitamin D, I now take both, and feel much better and don't need anti depressants.  I would defiantly recommend talking to your dr about checking your vitamin levels, just to make sure it couldn't be related to that.  I might try the placenta encapsulation, I figure it wont hurt, and I will probably need all the help I can get.

 

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