preventing post partum depression/anxiety?

by April
(Nevada)

I have always had terrible periods (painful bedridden cramps, sore breasts). Anyway around the age of 33\34 I started having severe anxiety and depression, intrusive thoughts, rages. Needless to say I was diagnosed with anxiety and went on Prozac. Roughly 1 month later I got pregnant. I went off my meds and all anxiety and depression disappeared...until roughly 5 months postpartum and I experienced the darkest depression of my life bordering on psychosis. Went on celexa, pulled me outta the abyss. Was off and on the celexa (I would go off it,then relapse with the anxiety, insomnia, rages, (not so much depression) for a couple years then when the celexa stopped working I was told I must be bipolar and put on lamictal and ativan (I was having terrible insomnia and panic). 8 months later I get pregnant and again like magic nearly all my depression and anxiety disappeared!! I'm off all meds and due to deliver in 3 weeks. I am scared to death of what my body is going to do. Is there anything preventative I can begin? I have an appointment with a D.O. who specializes in hormonal issues 2 weeks after delivery. I'm really scared of the depression and anxiety.

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Jun 19, 2014
Hope this help your anxiety
by: Anonymous

Hello ~

I can relate to your anxiety issues - and all I can say is use high doses of a good progesterone cream - if you can't get Natpro try emerita brand pro-gest or have a good compounding pharmacy make you some- also use the amino acids suggested by wray ... Taurine, glycine etc

Lastly use some positive thoughts and try yoga - with all of that I have been able to control my anxiety.

Jun 20, 2014
Preventing Post-partum Depression/Anxiety
by: Joy

Hi April

You were and still are suffering from Estrogen Dominance symptoms and your hormones need to be balanced. The fact that you felt better while pregnant, indicates that you are deficient and you need to supplement. The body makes 400ng/ml in the third trimester of pregnancy, you also suffered from PND. Please read the Pregnancy and Anxiety pages. How to use Progesterone Cream may also help you.

You really do need to use Progesterone to prevent further anxiety and depression. Do you know what your Vitamin D level is, as a deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone?

Good luck with the birth of your baby.

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