Once a Mom has experienced Postpartum Depression one of the questions at the forefront of her mind when thinking about another baby is: “Will Postpartum Depression return?”
No one can answer this question. No therapist, no doctor, no friend, not even you.
But the best thing you can do is to prepare for yourself instead of baby. Involve your medical professionals, your family, friends, etc.
Grace over at Arms Wide Open asked me to write a post covering just this topic.
You can read it here.
It’s chock full of great tips and ideas.
Postpartum Mood Disorders not only cloud your bonding time with your infant but they also cloud future decisions regarding childbirth.
If they choose to have another child or find themselves unexpectedly pregnant (I’ve done both), Survivor Mamas ready themselves not only for the new baby but for the very real possibility of another brush with a Postpartum Mood Disorder.
This is one of the biggest questions I get as the Community Leader at iVillage’s Postpartum Depression Message Board.
It’s such a big question that Karen Kleiman has devoted an entire book to it entitled “Having a Baby after Postpartum Depression: What am I thinking?”
One of the wonderful women I’ve come in contact on this journey of mine has recently embarked on trying to conceive another baby. Understandably, she is concerned about experiencing postpartum depression again. She’s blogged about it here. Have any advice for her? Have you had a baby after a Postpartum Mood Disorder and not relapsed? Go show her some love. Don’t forget to leave some tips here too!