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The Second Time Around - Pregnancy After Postpartum Depression

posted May 25, 2015, 9:41 PM by AndrewandSarah Witzel
I am now 17 weeks pregnant with our second baby, and I am definitely paying more attention to my mood than the first time I was pregnant! Awareness is the first step.

Here are a few things I am doing differently this time:

  1. Staying on my medication during pregnancy (discussed with doctor) because we feel that the risk of untreated depression outweighs the risk of continued medication use.

  2. Being to alert to patterns of low mood and other symptoms of depression or anxiety. In contrast to what my doctor told me during my first pregnancy, being pregnant does not protect against mood disorders - this is an outdated belief.

  3. Addressing problems before they spiral out of control. For example, I was experiencing some work-related stressors and chose to see a counselor before my stress level and coping skills worsened.

  4. I am exercising most days of the week. I have many reasons for doing this, but the positive effect on my mood is definitely a big one. During my first pregnancy I was mostly sedentary besides some walking.

Being aware of the possibility of antenatal depression (depression during pregnancy) and taking steps to prevent it is definitely making me feel more in control of the situation. It can be hard not to panic when I’m having a bad day and worry it will become many bad days, but so far my off days have been isolated incidents, although I experience them much more frequently than I did before pregnancy.