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AnnaRO's picture
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PPD

How are you feeling? I'm going through some things and am debating about whether or not meds are a good option for me. I had severe anxiety after DD but never got on meds, and I'm wondering if I should just power through this again, or not.

JBird3010's picture
Joined: 01/21/11
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I actually have been wondering if maybe I have it. I don't really want to explain, but I've been having some unwanted thoughts to say the least. I don't feel like I or my baby are in danger, but I don't think I should be feeling this way. I have my six week checkup next Thursday and in debating on whether I should tell my dr. I don't know if I want to be on meds either, and I definitely don't want to have to stop breast feeding because of the meds.

I'm sorry your going thru it Anna, I hope things get better.

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Joined: 08/13/11
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At my 6 week check up they said I answered too many questions "wrong" (I can't remember the word they used but it was concerning). So after my check up I went to talk to a lady and she said she thought it was just me being stressed and tired with 3 kids. i dunno how true that is because I still get emotional at times and still have trouble sleeping others. But I don't feel like any of my kids or I am in danger. DH might be in danger of my wrath ha ha. Anyway, it's more that I don't want my kids out of my sight kinda thing. I dunno how to explain it, but with Des I want him near me all day (at night I like it when he sleeps on me but lets face it, my bed is more comfortable than the couch so I'm okay with him being in his own bed). I think I'm more paranoid ha. I keep fearing someone is going to walk into my house and take one of my kids.

I'm sorry you two are feeling bad. I would mention it to your dr just to see what they think.

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nak

definitely talk to your dr. there are meds that are breastfeeding friendly, dont let that deter you. i had PPD with my first and was so freaked out during my pregnancy that i'd have it again that i preemptively filled a script to have ready at home. so far i am doing much better, but i wouldn't hesitate to start them if my mind took a bad turn.*hugs*

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:lurk:

I have a long history with depression and anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder) and I swore I didn't have PPD, but I defiantly did. It was quite different then "regular" depression, but I was anxious all the time and terrified something was going to happen to DD somehow. I wish I had talked to my MW about it more candidly. It just would have made things so much easier staying on top of it. As Shylah said, there are BFing safe meds out there, and even just talking to someone about it sometimes can help. They can't make you do anything you don't want to, but it's good to have the options available to you.

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I've been on Zoloft since the day I delivered Elijah. My mother had post partum psychosis and was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia... Between my genetic predisposition, all the stress I'm dealing with for school requirements, etc., I decided it was best to prevent a problem before it starts. I am pretty sure I had PPD with my previous babies and never really acknowledged it. I took Zoloft after a loss in 2008, and it is amazing how it helped me push through difficult times. The doctors said it has no significant impact on breast milk... and the benefits are much needed here. Personally, I would recommend a solution, if you're really questioning it, because it allows you to be the kind of mom you want to be, and gives you a much better experience, because you're not dealing with so much internally.

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There are also anti-anxiety meds that are not addictive, like Buspirone. I was on that and sleep medication after DD, and then just sleep meds after DS.

Do not feel like you are a failure by turning to meds. It could possibly be a situation where you just need them for a short time to get back on track. That's how it was with me. PPD can be a chemical imbalance in the brain, and no amount of powering through can stabilize those chemicals.

Talk to your provider girly. If you are even thinking this far into it, I would say it's time to consider some additional assistance.

(((HUGS)))

AnnaRO's picture
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Thanks ladies. I think I am going to ask for the meds. I feel to stressed out with just daily activities and when both kids are fussy, my nerves get really frayed, really fast. I am not enjoying my kids and my life right now. I know a lot of that is expected since I lost my dad a month before I had a baby and there is a lot going on in my family, but I hate feeling like I'm a bad mom to my kids. It's not fair to them. I called my OB's office yesterday, but he's not in till Monday so I'll have to figure it out then. I'm nervous about taking the meds because I don't want to be a zombie, but I'm hoping a low dose will be enough to get me through.

It means a lot to me to have your support. I still feel like I've somehow failed, but I feel that way about a lot of my life right now. I feel like I failed my dad by not letting him die on his own terms, I feel like a failure as a woman and mother because the birth of my son was traumatic and ended in a repeat c/s, I feel like a failure as a wife and mother on a daily basis. I hope to get past that soon.

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(hugs)

You're not a failure. You have a lot on your plate. As long as you're providing for your children then you are a wonderful mother. I think all mothers get stressed out after a baby, no matter how many times they've done it.

You always have our support here. Smile

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Anna, how are you feeling lady? I've been thinking about you.

AnnaRO's picture
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Thanks, Ariel! I am doing okay. I have much better days when DH is home all day and helps out. I just got some meds yesterday, since my OB was out of town til then, and so we'll see if they help. DH says that I am already getting better and it's not as bad as it was. I'm just gonna take them for a little while to see if they help me cope with all the craziness a little better.