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Can postpartum depression be prevented if it occurred in previous pregnancy?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Feingold
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

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. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Build up awareness

Awareness of symptoms is one of steps of prevention.
You know what you've experienced. While there're no crisis, it's better to start working on back up plan-- people you turn for help to, 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.
You know what you've experienced. While there're no crisis, it's better to start working on back up plan-- people you turn for help to, 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. Jennifer Boisture
Also, depending on the severity of the first depressive episode, it may make sense for a woman to be on medication during pregnancy. Generally, this is reserved for women with a history of serious illness, the risks of which if left untreated are outweighed by the modest risks associated with medication exposure during pregnancy.
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