How long after you gave birth can you still get post natal depression?

Annalize - posted on 08/06/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )




The last week I've bee Feeling depro and my baby is 5 Months old. Can it be post natal depression


Samantha - posted on 08/06/2009





When my son was born i suffered from post natal depression for two years. The best you can do is talk about what bothers you and how you feel if it does not go away then rather go to a doctor.

Sarah - posted on 08/10/2009




I wasn't diagnosed until 7 and 1/2 months after having my daughter. my doctor said womn can struggle with poast partum for as long as 3 years after having a baby.

Hanah - posted on 08/06/2009




my daughter is 2 months old and I'm in the same boat and the worst part is nobody understands :(

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I am preggo and they make you go to a class and they say it can happen while preggo and for years after. I have a friend who had it 5years after her last lil guy was born. The Dr. said that she did not notice cuz she has a few crazy years and was very active. It was miled and did not hang around long but they just kept and eye out.

Like I said I am preggo and Some times I wonder if I have it cuz I am less active and +. But I think some of it is things are changing and I am tired:)- Either way I also say thalk to the Dr. They can help you id the issue. Good Luck and God Bless you and your fam:)-

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Jennifer - posted on 06/02/2013




I feel ashamed of having ppd because i have ppd because of the thoughts that go thru my head. I love my baby and would die for her without even taking a second thought. I feel like even certain things people say trigger my emotions. Im a first time mom and am so paranoid. I just want to be a good mom without the ppd and the critism!

Kim - posted on 08/08/2009




My doctor told me that depression can start anywhere from 6 weeks to up to a year after the baby is born. Mine kicked in when my daughter was around 3 months old and I was put on medication that I just recently went off of ( I was on it for 7 months) and I feel great so far. Best thing you can do is talk to your doctor becuase they would know for sure if that is what is going on. Good Luck!

Ciara - posted on 08/06/2009




My son is 20 1/2 months old and I had a mental break down in the spring time i'm currently battling a bout of moderate-severe depression and am on medication for it. Talk to your doc asap and get it diagnoised the sooner you get help the better you will feel!

Amanda - posted on 08/06/2009




Just in the last month I have started counselling for PPD. My baby is 14 months old. I had been lying to myself & to others that I had a problem for a long time. If you were ok, then you wouldn't have a worry. (You wouldn't think you had a cold unless you had some symptoms!) Nonetheless, it's always worth a visit to your doctor. An hour or so out of your day this early on, to catch it if it is PPD, is WELL worth it, you'll be spending a lot more time & troubles on it if you leave it. AND if it's not, and just the blues, then that's a bonus, but at least you'll know. I heard that the blues last a few weeks, but the ppd lasts longer.

Kammi - posted on 08/06/2009




yes it can after my last child was born I had it for a year


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Ez - posted on 08/06/2009




PND can develop any time in the first year, sometimes into the second. It can take various forms, so if you think what you're feeling is not 'right' you need to reach out to someone for help. Speak to your doctor or child nurse and they will be able to diagnose you, or alleviate your concerns.

Mandy - posted on 08/06/2009




Hi Annalize!

Post natal depression varies in its forms and can range from mild to server. Some mums suffer with this early on while still pregnant (pre-natal depression), while other mums suffer the effects much later (some mums may not notice the signs of mild depression until child is 4 - 5 years)

Best thing to do is visit your dr or healt visitor and talk your feelings through. It may not be post natal depression, but baby blues (feeling down after having a baby but not depressed). Its always best to talk your feelings through and get support too!

Your dr or health visiotr may ask you do fill out a questionnair to detrime if u are suffering from post natal depression as this will also indicate how low u are feeling, and what support may be best for you to help you through this.

I hope this has helped, and don't worry most if not all mums go through low periods after little ones arrive, and post natal depression is common and there is lots of support out there.

Luv Mandy

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