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dsbwn3's picture
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PPD

Does anyone have postpartum depression or have had it in the past? Is there a natural way to treat it?

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I think it's something that a doctor might be more helpful with, but couldn't read without posting. I think I had it last time but definitely don't this time. What I've done different this time is I started walking and exercising as soon as I could, got out and about a lot more, and after the initial deep clean I did on the house, I've slacked off on being supermom. Apparently baby massages can help too. I hope things get better soon and please talk to your dh about it so he can help you.

http://www.pregnancy.org/article/infant-massage

greenmylife's picture
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((hugs)) You are alowed take medication if you talk to your doc. But I understand wanting to keep it natural. Good luck. I felt it with my first. It sucks!!!

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I actually got a scrpit for zoloft. My thingis I'm not depressed/sad I dont cry for no reason. I am just extremly overwhelemed and get irritated very easy and feel like I can't handel it and want to just leave. I am mostly worried about taking the meds and the baby getting it and taking the meds for those symptoms which may not be PPD

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But those are just as hard to deal with as the depression symptoms IMHO. The baby will do better if Mom is feeling like herself as much as possible after having a baby and dealing with a 4 year old and a newborn is overwhelming. I would not downplay how you are feeling and would take the script, but that's just me. I hope something gives and thinks start to fall into place for you.

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AND I really hope you are getting "alone time." Wanting to leave is not unreasonable when you are overwhelmed and every couple days you should get to honor that feeling if you are having it. "Get the wind in your hair" so to speak....if there is any way you can get kiddie coverage every few days to get a couple hours to yourself, it could help. Especially if you use that time to take care of yourself - a manicure, a new outfit, a walk in the woods by yourself - but even getting the shopping done without the weight of a child can be liberating.

I hope have this board as an small outlet helps a little.......

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Medications do pass into breastmilk, so your concern is a valid one. However I know lots of nursing moms on antidepressants. Most of their babies seem just fine.
There are natural ways to combat the feelings you're having. I'm no expert but there are books about it, etc.
I have full sympathy for you on your feelings of irritability and being overwhelmed.
Here's what I do to stay sane; I sit in the sun every day for at least 10 minutes. I get outside everyday to garden or exercise. I hired a housekeeper for the summer- no strssing about housework for me! I do t cook dinner or grocery shop this summer either. My husband has taken those things over ( with my help and supervision, lol).
These early months are hard, and I hope you can talk to your husband about your feelings and get as much help as you need.
It's ok to feel what you're feeling, be kind to yourself and make sure you're feeling better, not worse, as time goes on.

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"dsbwn3" wrote:

I actually got a scrpit for zoloft. My thingis I'm not depressed/sad I dont cry for no reason. I am just extremly overwhelemed and get irritated very easy and feel like I can't handel it and want to just leave. I am mostly worried about taking the meds and the baby getting it and taking the meds for those symptoms which may not be PPD

That's sort of how my PPD is as well. I am not a weepy person in general. I rarely cry. I'm pretty level headed. But with the PPD I get frustrated and I've been snapping at everyone. I feel overwhelmed and don't want to get out of bed.

Where we differ is that I'm not bonding with my baby which is my big red flag. Taking care of him feels like I'm babysitting someone else's kid without getting paid. So I am taking my Zoloft without fail lol. I just started a week ago.

ETA: I'm definitely making effort to bond with him and to stay out of the depression dumps. I'm not just being a bump on a log lol. I'm getting out of the house, keeping things clean around here, and snuggling more with the baby, cosleeping etc. But the PPD is still there. So I'm grateful for things like Zoloft. Smile

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dsbwn3's picture
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Kayla thank you I think I have more of the postpartum anixety I even have heart palpatations everyday I'm glad you shared this!!!

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"dsbwn3" wrote:

I actually got a scrpit for zoloft. My thingis I'm not depressed/sad I dont cry for no reason. I am just extremly overwhelemed and get irritated very easy and feel like I can't handel it and want to just leave. I am mostly worried about taking the meds and the baby getting it and taking the meds for those symptoms which may not be PPD

I know it doesn't seem like it, but these symptoms go hand in hand with depression and can be symptoms of PPD. That doesn't automatically mean anything though.

I did get PPD but not right away. I didn't realize it for along time because I just didn't think it was the same -- I was irritable, overwhelmed etc. but I didn't feel as "low" as I did when I was depressed so I chalked it up to a new baby thing. I'd had depression and anxiety issues for the majority of my life, so I figured I "knew" what to look for, but it's easy to overlook the overwhelmed aspects.

I'd never try to diagnose another person, but I'd definatly talk to your OB/MW about what your'e feeling. Regardless of what the PPD checklist may be, I think feeling that unlike yourself and feeling so overwhelmed is at least worth a phone call to your care provider.

If you ever need to chat or have any questions, feel free to PM me. PPD or not, I hope you get some relief soon.

ETA: I started getting depression symptoms again in the winter before we were TTCing so I went to therapy to get on top of things. Per my psychiatrist I exercised more, got plenty of sun light, got out with other people, made "me" time and called someone (professional) if I needed it. I know that's hard to do with a 1 month old, but those are the natural remedies that come to mind.

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I have more of the pp anxiety as well. Great share!

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"dsbwn3" wrote:

Kayla thank you I think I have more of the postpartum anixety I even have heart palpatations everyday I'm glad you shared this!!!

I'm glad it was helpful! I know most people have only heard of PPD so I like to pass the info along. I didn't hear about it until well after my first DD was born.

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Joined: 11/08/11
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felt a bit of both at times but nipped it in the butt as soon as i didnt feel like myself. i had ppd symptoms a few days after giving birth. was not a fun thing to go through. broke down a few times to dh but he and i came to a resolution we take turns of having "his" "mine" and "our" time to take a break from it all. truthfully helped.