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How can I prevent postpartum depression?

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In brief: Limit stress.GetHelp

~20%of women who have babies get a signif depression/anxiety illness in pregnancy or within 1 year after birth.
Monitor closely.Have an expert to go to if insomnia, anxiety, mood changes, changes in yourself develop, which usu start to occur in 3rd trimester...Catch it early! find expert: www.Postpartum.Net or you may write me through healthtap with ?'s or for help to locate specialist near you.

In brief: Limit stress.GetHelp

~20%of women who have babies get a signif depression/anxiety illness in pregnancy or within 1 year after birth.
Monitor closely.Have an expert to go to if insomnia, anxiety, mood changes, changes in yourself develop, which usu start to occur in 3rd trimester...Catch it early! find expert: www.Postpartum.Net or you may write me through healthtap with ?'s or for help to locate specialist near you.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Dr. Susan Feingold
Clinical Psychology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Good self care

There are things that you can do to help lower your risk of postpartum depression, but still no guarantees that you won't get it.
If you do get ppd, seek early treatment as that's the best way to get better quickly. The good news is there's a good prognosis with treatment. Lower risk with a good support network & good self care, including good sleep, healthy eating, exercise, balanced lifestyle.

In brief: Good self care

There are things that you can do to help lower your risk of postpartum depression, but still no guarantees that you won't get it.
If you do get ppd, seek early treatment as that's the best way to get better quickly. The good news is there's a good prognosis with treatment. Lower risk with a good support network & good self care, including good sleep, healthy eating, exercise, balanced lifestyle.
Dr. Susan Feingold
Dr. Susan Feingold
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Dr. Zahid Awan
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Support

Make sure you have plenty of support through out your pregnancy and make sure you talk to your ob/gyn openly about your concern regarding post partum depression.
Engage in therapy or consider a psychiatric evaluation towards the end of your pregnancy so that your treatment could be started early if needed.

In brief: Support

Make sure you have plenty of support through out your pregnancy and make sure you talk to your ob/gyn openly about your concern regarding post partum depression.
Engage in therapy or consider a psychiatric evaluation towards the end of your pregnancy so that your treatment could be started early if needed.
Dr. Zahid Awan
Dr. Zahid Awan
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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Build up awareness

Awareness of symptoms is one of steps of prevention.
While there're no crisis, it's better to start working on back up plan-- people you turn to for help, including mental health professionals; obstetrician, child's pediatrician. Create a "coping card" and once the baby is born a list of people who can help you with the baby and manage the stress. Good luck!

In brief: Build up awareness

Awareness of symptoms is one of steps of prevention.
While there're no crisis, it's better to start working on back up plan-- people you turn to for help, including mental health professionals; obstetrician, child's pediatrician. Create a "coping card" and once the baby is born a list of people who can help you with the baby and manage the stress. Good luck!
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Dr. Miroslava Fox
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Enlist help at home

Having help in caring for your baby will make things a lot easier. In the first few months after birth, your baby will be feeding very frequently around the clock and having some assistance in caring for your baby or even doing your normal chores around the house will make a world of difference! don't get too hard on yourself and take time to rest.
Also, talk to others about how you are feeling.

In brief: Enlist help at home

Having help in caring for your baby will make things a lot easier. In the first few months after birth, your baby will be feeding very frequently around the clock and having some assistance in caring for your baby or even doing your normal chores around the house will make a world of difference! don't get too hard on yourself and take time to rest.
Also, talk to others about how you are feeling.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Sue Hall
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Have good support

The best way to prevent postpartum depression is to have an adequate support system in place to help you after the birth of your baby.
Don't be afraid to ask for and accept help of any kind: from friends, relatives, and professionals if you need it. Try to avoid getting overly tired and doing everything yourself. If you've had depression before, watch for symptoms after giving birth.

In brief: Have good support

The best way to prevent postpartum depression is to have an adequate support system in place to help you after the birth of your baby.
Don't be afraid to ask for and accept help of any kind: from friends, relatives, and professionals if you need it. Try to avoid getting overly tired and doing everything yourself. If you've had depression before, watch for symptoms after giving birth.
Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hall
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Why are you worried?

If you have had a previous episode of depression, you might wish to talk to your psychiatrist about being on an antidepressant prior to delivery.
This would mean minimal exposure to the fetus and could be started approximately one month to six weeks prior to delivery. Otherwise if you've never had depression, particularly postpartum depression, there should be no need for worry. If however you remain worried, then in your situation i would recommend psychotherapy as a way to ward off postpartum depression and i would start that prior to the delivery of your child.

In brief: Why are you worried?

If you have had a previous episode of depression, you might wish to talk to your psychiatrist about being on an antidepressant prior to delivery.
This would mean minimal exposure to the fetus and could be started approximately one month to six weeks prior to delivery. Otherwise if you've never had depression, particularly postpartum depression, there should be no need for worry. If however you remain worried, then in your situation i would recommend psychotherapy as a way to ward off postpartum depression and i would start that prior to the delivery of your child.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ppd

Good pre-partum care, healthy life style, good support system.

In brief: Ppd

Good pre-partum care, healthy life style, good support system.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Osman Farooq
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Get checked

If you think you could be having post-partum depression then you should get checked.
It is even more important to get checked immediately if you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, especially your baby.

In brief: Get checked

If you think you could be having post-partum depression then you should get checked.
It is even more important to get checked immediately if you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, especially your baby.
Dr. Osman Farooq
Dr. Osman Farooq
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Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Medication

The best way to prevent post partum depression is to ensure you do not have depression prior to delivery.
If you have had a diagnosis of depression, anxiety or post partum depression, your likelihood of relapse is over 70%. Sleep dysfunction is often the primary clue. Don't go into having new baby already exhausted. Low dose ssri can be helpful and the risk is minimal. Can start after del. To.

In brief: Medication

The best way to prevent post partum depression is to ensure you do not have depression prior to delivery.
If you have had a diagnosis of depression, anxiety or post partum depression, your likelihood of relapse is over 70%. Sleep dysfunction is often the primary clue. Don't go into having new baby already exhausted. Low dose ssri can be helpful and the risk is minimal. Can start after del. To.
Dr. Chevies Newman
Dr. Chevies Newman
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Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Treat depression bef

If you are pregnant, the medications for mood are safer than the disorder. If you have a hx of pp depression the risk of recurrence is about 70%.
Low dose sertraline at 25 mg starting even prior to delivery, and treating insomnia during pregnancy can be important. Don't get behind on treatment and don't be too conservative.

In brief: Treat depression bef

If you are pregnant, the medications for mood are safer than the disorder. If you have a hx of pp depression the risk of recurrence is about 70%.
Low dose sertraline at 25 mg starting even prior to delivery, and treating insomnia during pregnancy can be important. Don't get behind on treatment and don't be too conservative.
Dr. Chevies Newman
Dr. Chevies Newman
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