Progesterone and preventing postpartum depression
I struggled with severe postpartum depression 4 months after my son was born. Severer insomnia and anxiety plagued me until I went on prescription anxiety and sleep meds. I was on them and they worked fine but after my son turned one year I started having menstrual cycle related insomnia and anxiety ( before ovulation and during the second half of my cycle so pretty sure I am either estrogen dominant or progesterone deficient but never had bloodwork to confirm bc I got pregnant.
I now am pregnant again and due in June. With this pregnancy I have been on 200-600mg of oral progesterone ( prometrium). I was on it throughout my first trimester to prevent miscarriage and also to help with insomnia. I have taken 200-400 mg on occasion during my second trimester to help again with insomnia and anxiety and it works wonders. My aunt is an ob who said that going on micronor (synthetic progesterone for birth control) may help with my postpartum. She said it might be a better option than natural progesterone ( prometrium) because I am nursing.
What I want to know is is it ok to nurse on prometrium and with my history of severe postpartum how much would you recommend to help prevent a reoccurrence and how early postpartum should I start it?