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Reoccurring PPD? Two Questions Monsters² Mom 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Dahlgren, VA, United States 4689 posts
status 26th Jun '13

If you had PPD with your first, what is the likelihood of it happening with subsequent births?



I have my appointment with the nurse practitioner on Tuesday and the packet I was given to take home and fill out asks nothing about with previous births did I experience PPD. I'm just wondering if it's something to bring up.



Also, forgot to mention I am getting my placenta encapsulated this time in hopes of trying to get my hormones to balance out on their own.

Boob Juice Factory. [EBFB 3 kids; Melbourne, Australia 3264 posts
26th Jun '13

I dont know the likelihood, but I'd definitely bring it up.



I had ppd with #2 and am worried for this time around.



BD's mum has 5 boys, hers progressively got worse with each child.



Shes now diagnosed with bipolar and a disorder something to do with fear of change.

Monsters² Mom 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Dahlgren, VA, United States 4689 posts
status 26th Jun '13
Quoting b**b Juice Factory. [EBFB:" I dont know the likelihood, but I'd definitely bring it up. I had ppd with #2 and am worried for this ... [snip!] ... progressively got worse with each child. Shes now diagnosed with bipolar and a disorder something to do with fear of change."


My aunt had the same thing and with each child (for her) it got worse. So I'm worried...
Did you take medication for your PPD or did you wait for your body to "fix" itself?

MotherFalcon+2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lake Arrowhead, CA, United States 2552 posts
26th Jun '13

i had it with ds and it cannot happen again. thats why were doing everything to prevent it this time- eating placenta, making sure birth is "perfect" with a water homebirth, and preparing DH to emotionally and physically be ready for the possibility of it happening again.



also we will be seeing a therapist to help if need be.



we both didnt expect it, and didnt do well with coping with it, as it was our first baby and things were hard as it is. we know what to expect this time at least with everything. it should be much better this time around, even if it does happen again.

Boob Juice Factory. [EBFB 3 kids; Melbourne, Australia 3264 posts
26th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Monsters ⚓ Mom:</b>" My aunt had the same thing and with each child (for her) it got worse. So I'm worried... Did you take medication for your PPD or did you wait for your body to "fix" itself? "</blockquote>




I was on medication, it was bad. I tried about 5 different antidepressants and settled with pristiq, which I took for about 9 months. That whole time in my memory is so foggy. I ended up stopping them cold turkey but had withdrawals for a while month (feeling sick, sweating, brain zaps, swollen optic nerve (which stuffed with my vision, thought I was going blind) after all that was done and dusted I felt like myself again.
I'm not sure if I'd take medication this time, I had no idea when I actually got better because the medication made me a totally different person when I was on them. NOTHING fazed me, (e.g.) my son could have been holding a knife and I would have been like eh no biggy. But then actually thinking about it my brain knew thats not right. So I had to really think a lot to make sure I was making the right choice.



All in all it was horrible.



Sorry about the shitty punctuation and grammar, hopefully you can understand it all.

Addy & Grace & Owen's Mom 3 kids; Michigan 1300 posts
26th Jun '13

I got really bad PPD after my second was born. It was bordering on PPP. I am still struggling with it and I am 10 months PP. To make matters worse I got pregnant a few months ago and had to quit taking my meds. I meet with a therapist weekly to help me through a lot of the anxiety and problems I am still having. She said as soon as baby is born I will resume medication therapy. All my doctors have said that it is more likely to occur with each baby you have, especially if you already had it with a pregnancy.

Boob Juice Factory. [EBFB 3 kids; Melbourne, Australia 3264 posts
26th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MotherFalcon~13weeks!:</b>" i had it with ds and it cannot happen again. thats why were doing everything to prevent it this time- ... [snip!] ... what to expect this time at least with everything. it should be much better this time around, even if it does happen again."</blockquote>



So what if the home/water birth doesn't go to plan, and you need interventions in hospital? You've put so much effort into making sure something goes the way you want it to, what if it doesnt? Will you dwell on it so much that youll get ppd again?



Expecting too much and not getting it could definitely bring it back, I dont see it wise to hold so much on it going the way YOU plan, sorry.

Boob Juice Factory. [EBFB 3 kids; Melbourne, Australia 3264 posts
26th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Addy & Grace's Mom:</b>" I got really bad PPD after my second was born. It was bordering on PPP. I am still struggling with it ... [snip!] ... doctors have said that it is more likely to occur with each baby you have, especially if you already had it with a pregnancy."</blockquote>




There are MANY safe antidepressants you can take while pregnant, if the Dr thought you really need medication, you'd still be taking some kind of antidep while pregnant.

Monsters² Mom 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Dahlgren, VA, United States 4689 posts
status 26th Jun '13
Quoting b**b Juice Factory. [EBFB:" <blockquote><b>Quoting MotherFalcon~13weeks!:</b>" i had it with ds and it cannot happen ... [snip!] ... much and not getting it could definitely bring it back, I dont see it wise to hold so much on it going the way YOU plan, sorry."
MotherFalcon+2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Lake Arrowhead, CA, United States 2552 posts
26th Jun '13
Quoting b**b Juice Factory. [EBFB:" <blockquote><b>Quoting MotherFalcon~13weeks!:</b>" i had it with ds and it cannot happen ... [snip!] ... much and not getting it could definitely bring it back, I dont see it wise to hold so much on it going the way YOU plan, sorry."

well i got it because of my first birth in hopsital. it was a horribly traumatic experience for me. they also stole my placenta.



this time i am planning to avoid what happened in the first place. of course i will be okay with a transfer if it a true emergency. and it wont be the same experience, so even if i do get it again, it wont be as intensified bc i know it will go better no matter what.



my midwife will transfer with me and make sure i am being treated like a human being.



and like i said, if it does happen, and for some reason i cant have my placenta again, i will at least have therapy. and i will be in a better living situation than the 1st time. thats more support than i had before.



ur right though, i am taking everything into consideration and preparing.

Addy & Grace & Owen's Mom 3 kids; Michigan 1300 posts
26th Jun '13
Quoting b**b Juice Factory. [EBFB:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Addy & Grace's Mom:</b>" I got really bad PPD after my second ... [snip!] ... take while pregnant, if the Dr thought you really need medication, you'd still be taking some kind of antidep while pregnant."


Your comment really rubbed me the wrong way. It was unnecessary. My psychologist does want me on celexa. That was the only med that was starting to work for me. I refuse to take it during pregnancy. There are way too many unknowns with that med. I've tried so many antidepressants and they either had horrid side effects or just didn't work. I also stopped my anxiety meds because those are not recommended for pregnancy. My doctor is very unhappy with my decision. But, it is my body and my unborn baby. Yes, I am really struggling with this , but that's why I go to my therapist weekly.

Butterfly Guns 2 kids; Upland, CA, United States 5354 posts
26th Jun '13

My PPD wasn't as bad with Landon as it was with Wyatt. I think it just depends.

p3rf3ctcin Due October 28; 3 kids; Memphis, Tennessee 678 posts
27th Jun '13

I had untreated PPD after my first born. I got pregnant again at 9 months PP and it lead into my pregnancy. I refused to take medication during the pregnancy due to the unknown. I wanted to see if maybe I would be "better" after my second was born before I started treatment. It was not, so I started taking Zoloft. Thankfully it did the trick and after a solid 3 months of taking it, I weaned myself off of it with no relapse.



I again relied on Zoloft to help me through the end of a horrible marriage/divorce. After about six months of use, I again weaned myself off.



I am pregnant with my third child and scared of PPD again. I am going to give it a few days after she is born before I consider treatment due to breastfeeding. I am hoping that my past situation (marriage) is what lead me into PPD. I am remarried and things are a lot different now. I am going into this very positive, with a lot of support from my husband. So we are praying that will be enough.



Even with that, I will still make my OB aware of my past PPD and set up a game plan just in case. It cannot hurt to have a script wrote out just in case I get home and need it.