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Q&A: Avoiding postpartum depression?

Is there any way I could tell if I’m predisposed to PPD so I can prepare for it or prevent it altogether?

Re: Is there any way I could tell if I’m predisposed to PPD so I can prepare for it or prevent it altogether?

The Bump Expert

Yes. There are predictors, but no one is immune and there really isn’t a type of woman who gets hit with depression after delivery. Still, if you’ve experienced any of the following, you may be more likely to suffer from PPD:

-    A personal or family history of depression
-    A previous postpartum depression
-    Severe PMS
-    Negative mood changes in response to the birth control pill
-    Strong feelings of isolation
-    Poor partner support
-    Previous emotional trauma

Do any of these sound familiar? Even if they don’t, it’s a good idea to put some of these practices in place before baby’s birth to help avoid PPD or prepare for it if it does come:

[  ] Set a nighttime routine. Making sure baby is cared for is just as important as making sure Mommy is cared for. Talk to your partner about how you’ll handle nighttime feedings so you’re getting enough rest at night.

[  ] Make sure you’re staying healthy. Maintaining a good diet is key, so continue the same healthy habits even after birth. Exercise (we know, it’s hard to find time, but walking with baby counts) and consider adding omega-3 fish oil to your vitamin supplements.

[  ] Line up support. It’s incredibly important to have emotional support after baby comes. Stay connected with family and friends so you don’t start to feel isolated.

[  ] Research treatment methods. Look into counseling, medication, or other natural or alternative treatments so you’ll know all of your options if PPD does set in.

Shoshana Bennett, PhD

Q&A: Avoiding postpartum depression?

I'm not TTC yet, but I'm worried that I might have a horrible case of PPD. I've had clinical depression since 13. It's gotten a little better, but not 100% improved. I've been put on Celexa for the depression and Sprintec for my PMDD. Does this specifically mean that I will have a bad case of PPD?

mpdurham |

Q&A: Avoiding postpartum depression?

Has anyone tried placenta encapsulation? My coworker was talking to me about this, and all the benefits postpartum. It did sound odd, but makes sense.

maryannandlester |

Q&A: Avoiding postpartum depression?

I'm also on Celexa for depression and anxiety. My Nurse/Midwife told me that this makes me at greater risk for PPD, but nothing is guaranteed. She put me in touch with a councilor and seems reluctant to take me off my meds, even despite my concerns. But, like with everything, a higher risk does not mean you will have it. It's just important to monitor yourself and make sure you have the support.

keliy |

Q&A: Avoiding postpartum depression?

I've had depression since I was 12 and am now on celexa and abilify during my pregnancy. Its good to know I'm not alone! I am very worried about PPD, but I know of a support group thats free that meets at the hospital I'm delivering at every week so that makes me feel better. I'm also getting monitered while on my meds by a psychiatrist to see how things go. Hope that helps...I feel for you ladies!

Peaches727 |


maryannandlester: my girlfriend did placenta encapsulation and said it made the world of difference. Helped get passed the baby blues, she healed quickly, had tons of energy, slept well. I will most definitely do it when my time comes as I battled anxiety and depression in my early 20s.

aarikabc4 |

Q&A: Avoiding postpartum depression?

That's a difficult question but you may as well try some therapies. Here is one guide on depression treatments

angiemayers |

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