So, I have a history of depression and anxiety long before I had kids. It was always pretty well controlled with meds. (Prozac and then zoloft after having kids and nursing ect.). I have tried twice to wean off of meds and use natural remedies but it does NOT work for me. I downward spiral pretty fast and cannot function at all. I just had my third baby. I had horrible PPD with my first but I was off my meds (under the direction of my OB-gyn who was promptly fired). My second child I did much better. But with #3, at 5 months and no discontinuity in my medication I am really feeling terrible. We have had a lot of changes lately (we moved a year and a half ago) and it is winter which isn't helping but despite continuing with my zoloft, AND doing placenta capsules I am feeling worse and worse. I have good days and bad days but the bad days are getting more frequent. Things are otherwise good with life in general. DD3 is an easy happy baby, I am sleeping ok, financially we are ok, relationship with DH is great. Having 3 at 6 yo and under is hard for sure though but I was able to handle things much better a couple of months ago than I am now. I saw a new doctor who I really liked and is trying to work with me to get this straightened out. He is recommending therapy to supplement medication but since I am nursing there doesn't seem to be a whole lot out there besides zoloft. I really really really do NOT want to wean to switch meds, but on the other hand I can't go on feeling like this. Does anyone else have any experience with this regarding a delayed onset of PPD which isn't responding to medication that was working before?
I haven't had your experience specifically but I do have some suggestions that might help. Beside your partner do you have a support system? Friends and other family can be so wonderfully helpful during your post partum time. Provided you a break, doing some little errands and jobs (with your approval) and supporting you emotionally. Also eating super healthy, getting enough protein, outside time and good healthy break time are really important.
Love and support to you.
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