End in sight for PPD?
September 8, 2012 3:49 PM Subscribe
New mom to an 11 week old (who was 6 weeks premature). Postpartum depression still spiraling downward. I spent the last 5 weeks convinced the PPD was caused by a lack of support and put a lot of energy into setting up that support network, but it hasn't helped. How long did it take, and what did it take, before you started recovering from your postpartum depression?
posted by bluebelle to health & fitness (38 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It feels like I've got the whole works in terms of support: a supportive lactation consultant; weekly counselling; fish oil/iron supplements/probiotics; health care providers aware of my situation. I'm taking part in a study of online CBT for PPD and should probably be able to continue online CBT after the study is done. My mom has been traveling 4 hours to my house to help almost every weekend. She takes the baby overnight when she's here so I only have to get up to nurse once in the night. During the week, my mother-in-law comes in the morning for 2 or 3 hours so I can sleep a little (the kid only sleeps in 2-3 hour stretches at night or often not even that much). There isn't really any additional support (like babysitters) in my small community and I'm maxing out the mom support as it is.
We're in the middle of harvest on our farm, so my husband is working all the time, and as we get into later September and October, it will only get busier. After harvest, he'll be able to be a lot more supportive and involved, but who knows when harvest will be over.
Zoloft is an option, although the psychiatrist I saw last week thinks I should manage without if I want to continue breastfeeding. The bigger problem is that it too will take several weeks to kick in.
I am so, so done, and there's still another month and a half minimum before harvest is over. I'm weepy and low and regret having this kid so much. Other than meds, I am doing everything everyone recommends doing for PPD and it just doesn't get better. It is so discouraging to put so much energy into all of this -- going to appointments, going for walks, doing relaxation exercises, doing online therapy -- and I just keep feeling worse.
Looking for advice on anything else to try, and your experience on how long it took before you started feeling better.