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OK, so this is my second baby and I'm about 8 months postpartum now. About six weeks ago I started feeling depressed and then that turned into panic attacks. I haven't started my cycle again, but last time I started again right at six months pp. I can vaguely remember having some anxiety come up right before I started cycling again (like a month or so before), but I don't remember exactly how that all lined up. In any case, it's much worse this time compared with last time.

 

I'm wondering if anyone else out there has had a similar experience with getting ppa or ppd right before the return of fertility?

 

I should also add that my ppa has been more than just anxiety and panic attacks and is actually similar to hyperthyroid symptoms, but when I had my thyroid levels checked everything was within the normal range.

 

I would appreciate hearing what anyone thinks...

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Hi violet, I had significant PPA around 6-9 months PP with my DD (my first kiddo). My anxiety stemmed from worries about her development (some were founded, some not). Anyhoo, I am a public health worker and happened to attend a conference where one of the foremost researchers in PPA/PPD presented. She said that PPA/PPD is acutally MOST common in women with children in the 6-12 month range. She attributed it to moms sort of not knowing "what to do" at this stage as your responsibilities are very clear-cut early on (feeding, changing, sleeping) and again more clear as your kiddo ages up past 12 months (as they typically are able to communicate their needs a little easier once they are greater than a year). I found this very interesting. I also wondered if my PPA was related to the return of my cycle, but then found that not to be true as my LO is going on 15 months and I've just had my first period (which I think was anovulatory). However, I'm sure that some of hormones were cycling around this time and could account for some of the PPA I was having. I have heard others report that their PPA/PPD resolved once their periods returned. I would recommend the website post partum progress (I forget the website, but you can google). It is great and full of very helpful info. Best!

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I've pretty consistently had pretty intense symptoms about 2 months before cycles return. I've sort of wondered if its like, my body is deciding, "okay, its time to get on with this ovulation business" and starts producing the hormones and "tries" to ovulate a few times before being actually successful in ovulating. (I have weeks of ewcm before first pp ovulation) then maybe all those hormones just kinda messes with me? I do tend to feel more stable once af is back. 


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Thanks for your replies. Very interesting about the 6-12 month thing, sierra, it's affirming to hear that i'm not a total anomaly! it did seem like a lot of the stuff I was seeing about ppd was specifically about the baby blues in the first couple of weeks just not going away.

 

and lilstar, thanks for sharing your experience too! I am hoping that things will make a turn around for me when my cycle comes back.

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