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#1 of 5 Old 05-11-2008, 04:27 AM - Thread Starter
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I had a very hard time with our first child, and had no understanding of what was going on until she was 5 months old - started getting basic treatment at 6 months, was encouraged to go to therapy but not take medication and it took until she was a year old to feel like a normal person who could entertain the possibility of happiness again.

I'm due in 5 weeks with our second - and I'm petrified. I can't face the darkness again. I know I'm more prone toward post pardum depression if I had it with our first, although it seems that the research doesn't say I'll definetely have another bought.

Anybody been through this and have a suggestion or two for me how to - perhaps - fend it off/prevent it? Or how to deal quicker/more aggressively if it hits again?
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Congrats on your new pregnancy, and I'm sorry you had to go through PPD for so long. I am planning to have the placenta dried and encapsulated in case I need it.
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Hi! One of my friend suffered PPD for long time and on and off with both her first and second. She went to see counseling and that seemed to have helped. She also suffered from Irritable Bowl Syndrome... and sometime I wonder if she's not absorbing proper nutrition to help her stay healthy mentally.

I have another friend who also suffered mild case of PPD for a while. She started acupuncture and it REALLY helped. She didn't want to go on medication because she was nursing. (Although it's recommended safe to nurse and go on PPD medicaton) Her acupuncturist told her that it'll take 6-10 sessions depending on how she is after 6 sessions. She was so much better after the whole session so she never had to go on medication.

My aunt also suffered from depression and she likes to go to acupuncturist. She said after her session, she feels more calm. Her depression also has more to do with anxiety. So, acupuncture helped her stay calm, rather than anxious.

I don't know about your area... but in my area, the Korean acupuncturist charge $30-$40/session.... depending on what kind of treatment you need. It's cheap considering I have to pay $30 co-pay to go see a specialist doctor. The niddle is one-time use (single use) so, you don't need to worry about contracting diseases.

Hope this helps
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I will be eating my placenta and encapsulating some for later. Also i have some baby blues tincture (i know baby blues is not the same as ppd) which has passion flower, damiana, st john wort, dandilion root, mugwort in it, and i will be taking this in water throughout the day at the first sign. Also i have read that fish oils are very good, so maybe start taking some fish oil capsules now?

I havent had my first baby yet, so i have no experience with what works, these are just the things i will have on hand, i have a history of depression myself, and ppd in my family, so i want to be prepared.
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This is my first child so I don't have any previous experience to pull from. However, I do have a history of severe depression so I'm trying to hedge my bets. We are drying the placenta and I'm going to be religious about taking it. I am also considering St. John's Wort as an additional measure if I think I need it. I also plan to start exercising (very moderately) as soon as I am physically able after healing because exercise does so much to help your body combat depression. My husband is prepared to all but drag me out of the house for walks.

I'm scared of PPD too. But the more prepared in advance I can be and the more ways of dealing with it I have at the readiness the more likely I am to get through it ok. I hope that we all find strategies that work for us.

My advice may not be appropriate for you. That's ok. You are just fine how you are and I am the right kind of me.

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