Does anyone ever have post partum months after birth?

Brandy - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I think I might be going through post partum late. my son is 7 1/2 months old and I'm feeling depressed for absolutely no reason. I never really went through post partum when he was born, but just in the past week or so, I've been feeling this sick to my stomach feeling, but I'm not sick, and just feel like crying for no reason.

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Holly - posted on 03/26/2012

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I had really bad postpartum depression that started after my son was 1 1/2. Right after I quit breast feeding. I didn't know what was going on so I didn't get help for it. I ended up having a breakdown. I was hospitalized for 5 days. My anger was to my husband. It has took me 2 years to recover from it. I didn't have any support and people just telling me I was crazy and wanting to take over my child. That didn't help at all. I am very thankful for my mother-in-law because I could not have made it through this without her by my side.

Debra - posted on 11/09/2009

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Yes, Brandy, it is possible to be going through post-partum depression at this stage...and first and foremost, you should contact your doctor and get some help immediately. Don't let this drag on without getting help. Almost every mother goes through this and it is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of at all...I did, and so did every other mother I knew in my circle of friends and family...it will pass, but it's better with medication for the short term effects so that your baby and your family life doesn't suffer and YOU don't have to suffer, either!

Claudia - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi Brandy,
I wanted to respond to your message because I can totally relate. My little girl is 14 months now and I too didn't feel down/depressed at the beginning. My "post partum" didn't exactly become apparent until she was about 5-6 months old. Mine was totally a result of sleep deprevation, it just got to a point where my mind couldn't function well. I lost my confidence and felt like I didn't know who I was anymore. I'd like to say I got through it without medication, but I can't. I needed to go on medication and it did help. I also got councelling and spoke with people from the Post Partum Society (here in B.C., Canada). Everything together really helped me. I also got my baby on a sleep training program and finally was able to get some decent sleep, which also made a world of difference. I think you can go through post partum long after you have given birth. It is more common than you think.

Stacey - posted on 11/04/2009

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I had something similar happen to me when my daughter was around 6 1/2 months. I was at work and just started crying and couldn't stop. It was kinda embarrassing but at the same time a huge relief. After talking to my mom and several other moms at work, they shared similar stories about not going through it till later. My suggestion is cry like you've never cried before, if you don't feel better, I would say you should consult your dr.

Stacey

Mrs. - posted on 04/07/2012

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Yes, but it sounds like you've only been feeling depressed for a week. Unless you are having suicidal thoughts, I'd give yourself a few weeks to see how thing go. If it persists, go to see your GP, get a referral to a good therapist and discuss options with the therapist for treatment/diagnosis.



If the problem continues, I'd also get your hormones and thyroid checked.

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Audrey - posted on 04/07/2012

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My son is now 14 months and the last couple months I have been so mean to my husband and I have no idea why. I just want to cry sometimes and I don't know why .I dont know why I'm so mad at my husband If he even looks at me wrong I just get so mad at him. I work 40 hours a week and when I get home I'm happy to see them but only for a little while. I leave and just drive by myself to try and understand why I'm mad but I can never figure out why. I explained this to my mom and she's the one that told me to see a doctor about postpartum but I just don't know if thats what it is this started like when he was almost 12 months. I can't ask friends because I don't have any that aren't my family. Alls I do is work,home,school ,kids,practice clean the house so if anyone has any answers please because I just don't know

Lena - posted on 11/15/2009

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If you're breastfeeding it can push post partum depression later. Some nursing mothers don't start experiencing symptoms until they stop nursing or when the baby begins to eat more solids foods as they are taking in less milk. That was my experience. I was going through it when my son was 8 months and then 9/11 hit which made it even worse,

Heather - posted on 11/10/2009

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I've been going thru something similar. When my daughter was 9 months old( 10 months now), and realized I was depressed. My husband had mentioned it to me but I dismissed it. And all of a sudden, it hit me, I have post partum depression. I was constantly crying, feeling overwhelmed, and thinking I should be overjoyed with my daughter and cherishing these moments, and I just wasn't. My doc put me on prozac and it's helped somewhat. I would talk to a doc and see what they recommend. I just asked my OB/GYN for help and I'm sure yours can help you. Good Luck

Priscilla - posted on 11/09/2009

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GO AND SEE A DOCTOR! I also didnt realise I had a prob. Remember you are constantly busy with the baby - no time to think of yourself. I only realised I had a prob when all my hair started falling out and had MAJOR mood swings. Crying one minute, furious the next and then quite normal. There are meds on the market that will get yoy thru this and once it is under control you can come off them. It makes life much easier for you AND YOUR FAMILY!!!!

Victoria - posted on 11/08/2009

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You need to talk to your Doctor as soon as possible. The earlier you treat this the better. Also ask your Doctor to check your thyroid levels - this can be effected after pregnancy and can cause you to feel depressed, anxious, forgetfull and even confused at times.

Also tell your friends - you'll be amazed and how supportive some people can be and how much relief it will give you to just say out loud how you are feeling.

Good luck

Charlie - posted on 11/07/2009

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Yes i experienced it up to 9 months . get help , find some one to talk to a professional who can help .

Kerrie - posted on 11/07/2009

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With my first, I had really bad post partum when he was 7 months. My dostor told me it can set in at any time. Please talk to someone, I didn't and I ended up having a sort of break down. I have 3 children now and have had to take some sort of antidepressant after each one. It's crazy what our bodies do to us! But in all honesty - don't be ashamed or afraid to talk to someone.

Socorro - posted on 11/05/2009

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That is really a cycle. That will come to pass. Cry out and express it because it is a hormonal process. Although some mothers don't quite experience it because of preoccupation to so many chores. But for us, full time moms, we do experience this..

Rabecca - posted on 11/05/2009

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I had really bad depression but yeo didnt start until my son was arounf 5 or 6 months pretty much when I had to go back to work and honeslty you bodies in a cycle of trying to get back to normal chemically which can be different for everyone I dont think I was totally back to my old self for about 13 months after about a month or so after I quite brestfeeding I felt hormonally myself again and I did have to get medication I would cry all the time and I started having panic attacks and just feeling of being overwhelmed all the time but the first few months I felt great happy to have my baby and to not be pregnant anymore

Mairead - posted on 11/05/2009

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I went through the same feelings when i had my daughter. It can happen very late in some cases. I cried and cried and couldn't even explain why. I Felt very anxious and thought that i was always doing something wrong whwn it came to my baby. You should see your GP as soon as you can as it's something that should be treated ! Don't let it go on untreated as it can end in depression !
Mairead x

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I experienced post partum depression for three years. It was terrible, and sometimes I was sad for no reason at all. But it did pass, so have faith and be kind to yourself.

Janice - posted on 11/05/2009

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Are you pregnant again? Have you had your hormone levels checked? See your doctor for these things.

Kristin - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hi Brandy. Another thing to consider is if you are on contraceptive pills. I got terribly depressed when my daughter was about 6 months, and took until she was 10 months to work out that it was actually a side-effect from the progesterone only contraceptive pill! Have been off them for about 3 weeks now, and feel like a new lady!

Paula - posted on 11/05/2009

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I had depression a year after my Daughter was born.....I did not look for help thinking it would go away and it only got worst, look for help..there is nothing wrong with that !

Farah - posted on 11/05/2009

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Dear Brandy, I had a same experience like you when I had my third son. I was so much depressed and crying most of the time. Don't worry it will go away as the the time pass. Try to do some light exercises and eat healthy it will help you to get better. Good luck!!!!

Brandy - posted on 11/05/2009

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Again, Thank you to everyone. All your replys are very helpful and I pray I'm not pregnant again. I really dont think I am though, just have the baby blues. Yesterday I had a really really good cry and my mom came over to help me out (gotta love mommies). I have to laugh though. While I was balling uncontrolably, my son was looking up at me with the biggest grin on his face as if he's saying "it's ok mommy. If I look all cute at you, you will be happy again." It's a funny feeling to be crying and laughing at the same time. Again, Thank you to everyone. I do feel much much better today.

Shaka - posted on 11/05/2009

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Go to the doctor and getsome help. You also need to let someone whom you know knows you well know because I went through post partum depression and because I am a african american women people thought that I was just crazy and no one beleived me and that made it worst. It wasnt until a women killed herself and her three kids that I was able to get my husband to believe that it was a real illness and that I wast just a lazy cry baby. It hurts when people dont believe you so please just go to a doctor whom we both know wont judge they will help. I will be praying for you.

Nicole - posted on 11/05/2009

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I have heard that post partum last up to a year. So just hang in there get plenty of rest.

Zoe - posted on 11/05/2009

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some dont really get post natal depression straight after their baby is born this can happen even five years later best thing to do is check with your health visitor about how to get through things. talk to people about how your feeling as well as find time to relax and pamper yourself you need some me time too.

Ndelamiko - posted on 11/05/2009

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I don't think your experience is unusual. I didn't have postpartum blues right after Dayo was born, but when he hit about seven months, my father died, and after that I felt sad and a tad overwhelmed. I'm not sure the two things were related, but I think my hormones gave me an excuse to cry. It passed after a few weeks... Be strong Mama, you'll be ok... let it all out, but don't let it get you down.

Taffy - posted on 11/04/2009

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YES, you can have PPD for up to 1 year after the birth of your baby.

Shannon - posted on 11/04/2009

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my best friend ended up going through her post partum 2 years after she had her baby and she was pregnant with her second child.

Vanessa - posted on 11/04/2009

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I had the wonderful "deployment" pregnancies... lol I got pregnant with my second one when my first one was barely 4 months old as soon as their daddy got back from Afghanistan... I had post-partum for almost 2 years straight... Good luck!

Myra - posted on 11/04/2009

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Although post-partum issues usually appear sooner than what you're starting to go through, they can start anytime in the first year. The later they start, the more closely you need to watch the symptoms because the illness can be harder on you and more dangerous. If you can, go ahead and make an appointment to speak with your doctor or a psychologist about what's going on and any possible treatment.

If you're sexually active (even if you're on birth control), you may also want to rule out a possible pregnancy with a home pregnancy test before calling the doctor.

Amy - posted on 11/04/2009

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I also suffered from ppd and it can strike at any time. I didn't realize how depressed I was untill my husband encouraged me to go to see my OBGYN. It was the best thing I've ever done. I finally was able to function after my son was already 7month old. With my other two pregnancies in the third trimester they put me back on my pills before the baby was born and it was amazing! I have yet to suffer from that severe depression. I would go to the Dr and be totally honest about how you are feeling. Keep me posted on what happens.

Miriam - posted on 11/04/2009

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My my first baby i dont think I suffered from ppd, but with my second one, I think I went through it. My ppd was more anger with my hubby, I was so mean and then I was so unhappy. I did seek for help and I got treatment and was able to balance my hormones. That help me so much. So please do go to see a doctor, seek medical health. Dont let it turn serious.

Brandy - posted on 11/04/2009

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Thank you everyone, I do feel better just knowing that it's not just me. I will talk to my dr. Luckily shes a good friend of mine.

Rebecca - posted on 11/04/2009

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I also suffered from PPD after my first son was born. And it CAN happen months after birth--it doesn't have to happen right away. I agree completely with Helen and Theresa--talk to you doctor. I also did not talk to my doctor when I first experienced symptoms and it also turned into serious depression--and I mean SERIOUS. I was actually hospitalized for four days because of it. Many, many women go through this. Many more than actually admit it, which is too bad because support helps TREMENDOUSLY. And I found that after I was open about it, a lot of mom's are open right back. But the best thing you can do for yourself is talk to your doctor.

Theresa - posted on 11/04/2009

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I'm not sure but I believe post partum can happen at any time after birth, please go see your doctor and get some help for the way you are feeling.

Helen - posted on 11/04/2009

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unfortunately ppd can hit months later and it does sound like you may be suffering from it.It's hard to explain how you feel right - i've been there, i suffered from ppd after both my boys. speak to your doctor so that something is done please, after my first son i was not treated and it turned into serious depression.

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