Pregnancy and mental health poll

bayosgirl bayosgirl
I am 28 weeks pregnant and have suffered from depression and anxiety since puberty. I've noticed, however, that since getting pregnant I feel a lot better, depression wise (the anxiety is still about the same.) I feel relieved since I thought I might get worse, with PPD being so common. My health coach friend said that it might be because my estrogen was too high pre-pregnancy, and the extra progesterone during pregnancy is balancing it out. I was just wondering for those who have depression/anxiety and have had kid/s, did you feel the same, better, or worse during pregnancy? How about after delivery? Thanks!
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I felt the same DURING my pregnancy.
I felt better DURING pregnancy.
bayosgirl
1
I felt worse DURING pregnancy.
PeachieClean , Munko , TiffanyW , BlackOrchid
4
I've had multiple pregnancies, and felt different each time (please elaborate)
PropertyOfPotter
1
I felt the same AFTER delivery.
I felt better AFTER delivery.
Munko
1
I felt worse AFTER delivery .
Munko , TiffanyW
2
Total votes: 9 (6 voters)
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05/10/2013
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bayosgirl bayosgirl
No replies or votes..maybe I should have made voting private?
05/12/2013
PeachieClean PeachieClean
I am 24 weeks pregnant tomorrow and my anxiety and abandonment issues are waaaaay worse. I'm constantly having to think my way out of bad feelings, and it doesn't always help.
05/20/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
I've had three full term pregnancies and felt differently each time. The last one is hard to say because during my pregnancy my husband lost is mother unexpectedly and it was a very difficult time for all of us.

I have also suffered with depression since I was young and the biggest issues I had were after the pregnancy. Since you have a history of depression, I would speak with your doctor now about an action plan to have in place to make sure you're feeling okay. Having a supportive partner is also amazingly helpful. Make sure he knows what's going on with you and hopefully he can be patient and understanding while things are all over the place.

I'm glad that things are going better for you during your pregnancy. The hormones you can experience are unreal, but it's awesome that things have gone in a positive direction for you!
05/20/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
Quote:
Originally posted by PeachieClean
I am 24 weeks pregnant tomorrow and my anxiety and abandonment issues are waaaaay worse. I'm constantly having to think my way out of bad feelings, and it doesn't always help.
Is there someone you can call/text/visit/chat with when you're feeling that way? It's not easy to talk yourself out of feeling bad things, but having someone available to you when you need it is really helpful! I'm sorry to hear that you're having a rough time!
05/20/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Quote:
Originally posted by PropertyOfPotter
I've had three full term pregnancies and felt differently each time. The last one is hard to say because during my pregnancy my husband lost is mother unexpectedly and it was a very difficult time for all of us.

I have also suffered ... More
Sorry about the loss of your mother-in-law. I am doing what I can to be prepared. My doctor suggested a local support group for PPD (and women who are still pregnant.) I attended one meeting but it's difficult because of my work schedule. When I stop working, I'll attend more regularly. I also made the decision recently to start back on my old medicine, Celexa, because my anxiety was getting so bad and I did not want to take my Xanax, knowing that it's the worst for babies. My midwife said the risk with Celexa is very low. I feel a bit guilty about it, but if I'm a nervous wreck then I can't take care of my son when he comes anyway. Fortunately my husband has been very supportive. I hope things remain stable after the delivery with all the hormonal and lifestyle changes.
05/23/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
Quote:
Originally posted by bayosgirl
Sorry about the loss of your mother-in-law. I am doing what I can to be prepared. My doctor suggested a local support group for PPD (and women who are still pregnant.) I attended one meeting but it's difficult because of my work schedule. When I ... More
Sometimes staying on a medication is safer than not being on one, just make sure you're using it according to what your doctor/midwife says.

I think making sure you attend those meetings once your son is born will help a lot! It can be really stressful at times when you first bring your newborn baby home, and it helps to know that there are others going through the up and down emotions that you are.

If the risk is low, don't feel guilty! You're not just taking it because you want to, you're taking it because you need it and your son needs his Mommy feeling the best she can! If you're constantly anxious, depressed, struggling emotionally - your baby feels it too.

I'm SO GLAD to hear that your husband has been so supportive! I truly hope that he continues to be there for you, helping take care of you both. Having a strong support system will help get you through a lot!
05/23/2013
Munko Munko
I've been a bit of everything.

During the first trimester I was a WRECK. Anxiety hit me hard - like non-functioning, non sleeping, non eating zombie for about 8 weeks. I lost about 5 pounds during that period and had no morning sickness beyond a few bouts of nausea. I had a hard time connecting to my pregnancy.

But then I felt GREAT after that - anxiety was pretty much gone besides usual pregnancy worries. I was emotional but I wouldn't say depressed, just hormonal.

After birth I did struggle with some PPD and baby blues - my birth was complicated and scary, and I struggled with a rough recovery and some infections, trouble with breast feeding, health problems, etc. Once all that cleared up and things started to get easier (baby was always easy, we got SO lucky!) I felt amazing - I LOVE being a mom! But, once I was forced to wean from nursing my hormones decided to do another circus act and anxiety hit me again, the worst it ever has...it's just finally now, and 15 months post partum, starting to level out. I know it's hormonal because for me it's cyclic. I'll feel good til I ovulate and then I feel anxious after I ovulate until my period starts...then I feel good again, etc, etc.
05/24/2013
Glinteye Glinteye
thanks so much for sharing! I dont have kids, but am interested to hear about your experiences.
06/09/2013
TiffanyW TiffanyW
I felt worse during and after my pregnancy. But I think that was because of the living situation
06/09/2013
BlackOrchid BlackOrchid
I felt super depressed during my pregnancy. But like ImAMommy I think it had a lot more to do eith my living situation/ex than the actual pregnancy.
06/10/2013
Total posts: 11
Unique posters: 7