Post Partum Depression.... any past or present sufferers here?

United States
October 9, 2007 5:05pm CST
As controversial as post partum depression may be I am wondering if there are any past sufferers or even current ones here at MyLot. My first child is going to be 5 in December and I have been thinking about PPD a lot lately. I suffered from it after i gave birth to him and now that I am pregnant again, I am scared of going through it all over again. I don't know if there is anything I can do to prevent it, but let's chat about it. Anyone here who has suffered from it during one pregnancy but not another??? I am keeping my fingers crossed for that one!!!
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@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
10 Oct 07
Hi, I too had post partum depression with two of my children, but not so much on my first. i was very young when i had my oldest so i really didn't get what it was all about. my second and third though i had a very hard time with it. I just felt so empty inside after having felt them move in me and then it was just gone. Talk to your doctor about it before you have the baby. There may be something that they could give you after you have the baby that will help with ppd. You may not have it at all, but the doctor needs to be aware that it was an issue with your first pregnancy because there are times it can actually be worse with each child you have. if they are aware of that in the beginning they are more liable to give you something to help with depression.
• United States
17 Oct 07
I had that same feeling of emptiness!! I know exactly what you are talking about. I just wanted to baby back inside of me, I didn't feel the same way anymore. I was going thru other struggles in my life at the time which I am sure caused some of the grief. Or at least didn't help it. PPD is a lot more than being sad and tearful though, I see a lot of people saying that and it is the opposite. I truly believe you do not have to be depressed before pregnancy to have it. I have read stories about women that have such heavy hormonal changes they can't even control their actions. Otherwise known as post partum pschosis. It is a very scary thing that women need to be better educated on. Read Brooke Shields book!! It is amazing~!
• United States
17 Oct 07
yeah, her story was amazing. I didn't read the book, but she did an interview with someone once about it and it just totally blew me away.
• United States
18 Oct 07
The book is even better. I was sad to see though that it was selling for $1 at our dollar store here. So it must not have been that big of a hit. I went in and bought 5 copies though. I am going to use them as gifts. I have 1 friend who is going through the "baby blues" right now and I think it is something she would enjoy reading. Not that you have the time with a newborn!!!! She talks about the actual events that happened and the exact emotions she was feeling at the time. There are spots where you read it and go "Whoa.... I thought I was just reading MY story!" There must be a lot of similar emotions that each one of us go through. I am just glad she had the guts to put in on paper, irregardless of the scrutiny she was taking for it!
• United States
16 Oct 07
I have three children I had post partum with my eldest child he is 6 I did not have it with my middle child who is 16 months old and I had it with my third child who is 4 months old. I think I was overwhelmed at the thought of having three children and I was single at the time. I had a five year age difference between my first two and I didnt get even the mildest case with my middle child.
@milkfish (375)
• Philippines
10 Oct 07
I suffered from post partum depression when I gave birth to my baby girl. I think they also call it "baby blues" and most women who just gave birth suffered from it. Symptoms will include moodiness, tearfulness and irritability. The occurrence of PPD is usually associated with childcare stress, low support group and other issues that causes anxiety. There are also studies that shows that hormonal changes after birth may also trigger PPD. Since this is bound to happen after every childbirth, the best way is to manage it. When I as still pregnant, I already knew about PPD that's why when I gave birth I have coped with it successfully. The support of the husband who understand what your going through is very valuable. He could share with the responsibility of taking care of the baby giving you time to relax. You should also try to find time to do your own stuff sometimes like going shopping with friends, have a manicure, or see a movie.
@milkfish (375)
• Philippines
10 Oct 07
I suffered from post partum depression when I gave birth to my baby girl. I think they also call it "baby blues" and majority of the women who just gave birth suffered from it.
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
10 Oct 07
I have four children. With the first I was fine. With the second I didn't want to get out of bed. I had anxiety after the third and was great after the fourth! It is possible to not get it again. It doesn't usually happen that way though.
@martosi (57)
• Portugal
9 Oct 07
Keep the faith. I´ve only been pregnat once but please consider some of my ideas: PPD is a sign of Major Depression, witch has roots before the pregnancy, it is very possible that this is also true for you. Actually, several studies have concluded that the Cognitive Therapy, along with psicofarmacs, are the best treatment for depression. In your case perhaps you should consider learning more abaut the cognitive strategies to cope with this condition. In fact there is a lot you could do by yourself with just a litle bit of professional help. You should seriously consider following all the good advices for the pregnats: Eat well and healthy food. Rest enough. Learn how to breath correctly and how to relax (there are a lot of good exercises). Drink plenty of watter. Walk at least 30 minutes a day. Envolve yourself in activites that you realy enjoy at least 1/2 hours a day. Spend quality time with the family. Develop positive thinking. Laugh, read humor sites for example. All of this is half way to prevent PPD. Do you Know Dr. Phill program? The site in the net has a lot of information and you can even make tests, ask questions and have professional advice. Check it out. Best Regards. Martosi.