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Hello,<br><br>
I have a dd who is 5, a ds born 1/1/06, and am due again in Sept '07. I believe I had PPD pretty bad after my dd was born, right from day one, but finally asked for help when she was about a year. The family practice doc I saw that day said she'd give me meds if I stopped nursing, but I declined. I (am my family) suffered through it.<br><br>
Fast forward to second birth, 4 years later. I felt great afterwards, but started cycling downward at by the time my son was about 9.5 months old (mid Nov). I got meds when he was about 10 months, took two pills, and felt like my head was very foggy and that there was a weight on top of my head. I was going to continue on them anyways, but at the same time restarted my placenta meds and felt that was helping so stopped the meds.<br><br>
I was sort of hanging on, then conceived (unplanned) around New Years (I knew immediately I was pg, before getting a positive test). I had to stop the placenta meds. I got so sick I was having difficulty thinking clearly at all, and has such horrible angry outbursts when home alone with my kids I would hit myself in the head, hard, right in front of them. I even went out into the front yard in winter, stocking feet, one day and was going to flag down a neighbor to come over but got ahold of my mom and she agreed to come over. I went back into the house and slammed my phone down on the tile floor and broke it, in front of my kids. My 1 year old was crying so hard he threw up all over himself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I started seeing a therapist who specializes in mother issues, including PPD and depression during pg. She and my traditional midwife both were urging me to go on meds. I called the therapist in the middle of the day one day and was in such bad shape I really thought the was going to get me hospitalized. She did get me in pronto to a psychiatrist, who also wanted me to take meds.<br><br>
I also had problems sleeping and would have perseverative bad thoughts in the middle of the night.<br><br>
To put it mildly, I was really, really in very bad shape, crying every day, even in public and at work.<br><br>
I finally saw a classical homeopath that my midwife recommends. It was spendy - $300, not covered by insurance. She spent 3 hours interviewing me and found a remedy for me. I kept pressing her, asking when I'd feel better, and she said it would take time. The dosing was 2 drops per 1/2 cup of water, then take 1/2 tsp of it for the first week. Each week, add a drop to the number of drops. She said it was not a quick fix, but slow, deep healing. I threw out a number of 3 weeks, and she said yes I would start feeling better by then. I was starting to lose hope, but at 2 weeks, 5 days I felt a significant reduction in my irritability. I continued to feel some distinctive improvements every week or so. I have now been taking it religiously for 5 and 1/2 weeks, and can't believe how good I feel. I still don't feel at 100%, but SO, SO, SO much better. I can laugh at things and actually enjoy my kids!<br><br>
I do believe it was the homeopathic remedy which has helped me the most. Also though I have been trying to take walks at least 3 times per week and get out with a friend once every couple of weeks (both new for me) and have had 11 therapy sessions - these things can only have helped too. but I still have not had one solid night sleep in a year and 3 months - last night my 15 month old nursed 5 times!!!! I believe the remedy is what is truly healing me.<br><br>
I don't want to push a miracle cure or anything, but really felt compelled to come here and share this story. The remedy I am on has nothing to do with depression per se, so really doesn't matter. The idea is if you get on a remedy that matches your constitution it can help you heal in all ways. I never used to believe in this stuft at ALL but am a believer now. My dh and both my kids are going to see her and get on remedies as well. She also told me that babies born to mothers using a constitutional remedy are usually old souls comfortable in their own skin. Not necesary easy children, but very zen kids. I'm excited!<br><br>
If you can afford the $$$ to see a classical homeopath I hope you will try it. It can be taken with or without antidepressants - neither will interfere with the other. I am NOT saying don't take antidepressants. I was too afraid to take them while pg, otherwise I would have. I'm so glad I didn't though because now I have had healing without worrying about any side effects to the unborn baby.<br><br>
To any mammas who are suffering from PPD, a big <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">. I wish you so much peace and healing.<br><br>
~Tracy
 

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Awesome!<br>
So happy you have found relief...<br>
I am seeing a natropath in a few weeks--very costly ($200 for an hour with her), but she will run some tests to see what my body may be lacking...<br>
I didn't try herbal/homeopathic remedies until after I was married and a mom! But now, I'm a believer also! I learned with Hylands teething tablets, branched out to Alpha CF for colds/flu...and definitely was a firm believer then...now I'm also 'into' chiropractic care as well! So many things out there as good or better than modern medicine...
 

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Blessings to you, mama. I love what I'm learning about homeopathy as part of my midwifery training. Homeopathics are gentle enough for pregnant and nursing mamas, and, as you say, deeply healing.<br><br>
Hope your improvement continues!
 

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Wow, i'm finally going to cough up that $300 to get my constitutional next week. My two kids are each on their constitutional remedies (they have a wonderful very experienced homeopath) as of the last few months and it has helped them immensely. I have become a total homeopathy convert, and i'm hoping to become pregnant soon, so glad to read your post!
 

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Thank you so much for sharing that mama. I could relate to quite a few aspects in there and its helpful for me to see others working through it. Thanks again for your post <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Thanks mamas! I wish homeopathy was more mainstream so everyone knew about it AND could afford it!<br><br>
Wishing us all the best,<br>
Tracy
 
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