Did anyone get anti-natal depression?

Lucienne - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have not been able to find much information on this subject and was wonder if you did get anti natal depression, was it diagnosed and how did you treat it?

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Kirsty - posted on 05/04/2009

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I had anti-natal depression that started during my 2nd trimester. I was having all kinds of terrible thoughts and I couldn't stop crying. Some mornings I would wake up a feel sad that I had not died in my sleep ... It was terrible. I felt like no one understood ... and I didnt understand either ... I could not work out why I was feeling that way ... Life was good, I was having a baby, I have a wonderful husband ... yet still I just wanted everything to go away.



My husband and I went to see the doctor (that was interesting!! Its not easy to explain how you are feeling when you a sobbing). The doctor spoke to me for a while and then referred me to a center that specalised in ante natal and post natal depression for councelling. And I cant tell you how much that helped!! I was lucky that the councelling was all that I needed, but there are some medications they can put you on too.



It is really important to get help now though as a lot of people that get ante natal depression go on to get post natal depression as well, and if you know about it early there can be support networks available to you once bub is born.



I hope this helps in some way. Take Care xox

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Christel - posted on 04/06/2012

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I suffered from depression before I was pregnant and have been suffering from anti-natal depression too, which I've found really hard to understand as being a mum is all I've ever wanted and I've got such a great boyfriend, and yet on the bad days I just want to run away, or go to sleep and not wake up and then I feel worse because I feel such guilt towards my baby for having thoughts like that, it's really hard and I've been given antidepressants but don't want to take them as I would never forgive myself if they did any harm to my baby. The bad days are so so hard but it's difficult to tell people how I feel because on the good days I can be high as a kite, n my Boyfriend constantly asks what's wrong but I don't know what to say because I don't know myself what's wrong.

Lucienne - posted on 05/11/2009

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thankyou guys so much, i was wondering about this becuse i had such a terrible experience whilst i was pregnant and i wanted to know if anyone out there had endured the same...



I was told by a doctor not too 'worry' about it and 'it will pass'. That was NOT very helpful, it passed when my son was born but wow,i think there needs to be more awareness about this.



thanks again ladies!!!xox

Ez - posted on 05/05/2009

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I didn't but a close friend did. She had a history of depression but still she wasn't diagnosed til her son was 10 months old and she became suicidal. Hers was triggered by weight gain during the end of her pregnancy and relationship problems, and was exascerbated by feelings of failure and guilt at having to wean her son at 8 weeks due to his tongue tie. She was put on some pretty heavy duty medication and underwent counselling, and has since had another son and is doing fine. Though I know she was scared of it happening again... Hope this helps.

Mel - posted on 05/04/2009

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is it post natal depression? if so i had it when mine was younger it just caused me to leave her cry and scream for ages but it all sorts itself out as baby gets older and easier to managa

Tara - posted on 05/04/2009

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If you are prone to depression (have been diagnosed before) or have had depressed episodes, you can become depressed ant-natally. It's pretty much the exact same thing as post-natal depression, it just starts before the baby arrives, instead of after. My family has a history of depression on my mom's side, so my doc watched me for it while I was pregnant with my 1st (now pregnant with my 2nd).
That said, if you feel you may be depressed (at any time, regardless of if you are pregnant or not) talk to your doctor because there are things that help. I found that for me, some "me" time, an understanding doctor and family, and some really basic meditation techniques helped me through things. If it's severe depression, there are medications that you can take before, during and after pregnancy that can help.

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