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    Default Anyone had prenatal depression?

    I have had depression before but not for years and years. I was diagnosed with pmdd about a year ago...extreme PMS that interferes with your whole life. I went off those meds when I got pregnant figuring no periods so won't need them and now, about a month later I feel so bad. I can't work out if its pregnancy hormones, depression, the stopping the meds or what. This bub was a complete surprise and not one I entirely welcomed. But I was dealing with that but latel its really getting me down. I dontt want to tell anyone int pregnant because if someone says congratulations I just want to cry and say not really. I am worried about every aspect of having this child, money, my marriage and how it will effect it, my mental health, what my other two will miss out on, the room in our house, the logistics of three. I just feel lime crying all the time and feel no connection what-so-ever to the pregnancy. The other two who where planned I was totally over the moon about. Has anyone had prenatal depression? What where the signs? How did u know it was more then just mood swings? I just feel so sad.

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    Default Anyone had prenatal depression?

    It sounds like you need to talk all this out with hubby and your gp. These sound like concerns that aren't easily be put aside and even if you don't need medication talking to a professional/hubby to work through the shock of an unplanned preg and the logistics of it all will hopefully help you.

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    Default Re: Anyone had prenatal depression?

    My hubby knows I am feeling pretty bad. I guess I'm trying to find out from someone what was the thing that made them relise it was more then just pregnancy hormones.
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    Default Anyone had prenatal depression?

    I could have written your post ... I had it during my last pregnancy (followed by pnd after the birth) and feel that I am going towards the same thing this pregnancy - completely broke down during my last mw appt ... So referrals are in the process ATM.

    For me my cues are anxiety about stupid things (few toys laying around the house); feeling overwhelmed (when there is a couple of non urgent tasks to be done), and just generally feeling like the joy has been sucked out of everything!! My dh IS supportive but he honestly doesn't know how to deal with me when I am losing the plot

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    Default Anyone had prenatal depression?

    Ok then, for me, my turning point was having more bad days than good, and snapping at my beautiful children over stupid and trivial things. I realise I was being a horrid mother to them and sought help/intervention.

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    Prior to becoming pregnant I suffered and was seeing a physiologist for anxiety which led to depression. I managed to get it under control with their help but then when it came time to falling pregnant I worried can I cope with this.

    A miscarriage and now 32 weeks pregnant later I am doing ok. It is because of their support and assistance that I have made it this far.

    You have come here asking for help, which is great. But the next step now is to talk to your dr. Whether you are depressed or it's just hormones it doesn't matter. They are there to help you either way.

    Also a lot of medication for depression you shouldn't just stop taking. You have to wean yourself off them. So if you have just stopped taking them without discussing with your dr then please go see them soon.

    While my situation is different to yours I still felt like I wasn't going to cope or couldn't cope but am. Please, please talk to someone.

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    Default Anyone had prenatal depression?

    I suffered from anxiety and depression for years, and suffered a few losses before my successful pregnancy. When I fell pregnant I was still on anti-depression meds which I had to come off as wasn't safe during pregnancy. I didn't think I could cope, but I managed. I dealt with the anxiety /depression by leaning on my support people...

    I did however, in my third tri, have my anxiety/depression symptoms worsen. I knew becoz i recognized my warning signs- insomnia, panic attacks, tingly fingertips when I freak out, snapping at everyone etc

    My OB referred me to a psychiatrist who specialized in Pre/post natal depression- she prescribed me an anti-anxiety medication I could take without too much risk to bub, but she also suggested I try taking sleeping pills as she thought a lot of my issues stemmed from lack of sleep.. And she was right. A few nights of good sleep and I was able to manage my anxiety/depression symptoms better. I had post natal depression too, but again I managed to cope without meds and it mostly went away after 3-4 months.

    My situation is different of course, but what I'm trying to say is you have options. The first step is to speak to a health professional.. But get help soon hon..

    ETA: in my experience, diff people have diff symptoms, but most important is recognizing that you're not coping, which u have. If those thoughts you are having worry you, then you know it's serious enough to get help. You might just need some coping techniques which a psychologist can help you with, or you may need a psychiatrist who can offer medication that's safe for you and bub..
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    Default Re: Anyone had prenatal depression?

    Thanks everyone. I have a gp appointment on Tuesday. She new I had stopped the meds and I did gradually with her support. I was only on a very low dose so it didn't take too long. I am not sure what options I have. I was on citalopram 10 mg which from what I've read is considered safe in pregnancy but I still have my reservations. Did anyone else take it in pregnancy? I just can't believe how awful I'm feeling

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    Default Anyone had prenatal depression?

    I can't remember what the Pre/post natal depression psychiatrist prescribed me, it was so long ago and by brain is a sieve. Can u ask your GP to refer you to a specialist - psychiatrist who deals mainly with pregnant women?

    My psych was awesome in presenting me with a few medication options (stuff not even know to my GP or OB! Plus I was more reassured being guided by a professional than reading about side effects).

    She walked me through all the possible side effects, printed out recent studies so I could be assured of the assigned categories of each drug, and basically weighed the risks against the benefits for me. It really helped, and based on that I decided to go the sleeping pill route for a couple weeks, with a back up plan of depression meds if needed (which it wasn't).

    Until u get an appointment, lean on your family and friends. Surround yourself with love and support. Try and get out.. Cry for hours if u need to, but then pick yourself up and go hang out with a friend who can keep you focused on happy things. Ok? Take care, hope it all gets sorted for you soon hon...

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    Default Anyone had prenatal depression?

    I'm not sure about that one. I took Zoloft, just a 50mg dose an it has been enough to take the edge off. The possible risks were a little scary but the benefits definitely outweighed the risk.


 

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