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Old 01-16-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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How to try to avoid ppd?

I had awful ppd with DD and I didn't get help until she was like 9 months old. And I didn't go off my medication until last August. I'm deathly afraid that it'll happen again after this one arrives. Anyone have any tips? It was an awful time and I really don't want a repeat. I don't know anyone around here that can encapsulate my placenta. Any other ideas?

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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I had it too. My midwives recommend a host of things (natural and medical), but it mainly boils down to having close communication with your provider and starting EARLY! If youve had it once, you are more susceptible to having it again. Therefore, they recommend being proactive and starting treatment as soon as baby arrives (sometimes they recommend treatment as early as the 3rd tri). and good luck
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You can encapsulate your own, if you have a food dehydrator. I did mine - it's SUPER easy. Even easier, you can make it into a tincture. All you have to do is soak it in grain alcohol, and even easier yet - put it into smoothies, if you can stomach it. I swear by it - I had PPD with DS1, and encapsulated with DS2 and had NONE. Not even a day of slight baby blues. It was great!
I would also make sure to eat a healthy diet, excercise, have time to yourself to enjoy, take lots of vit. D, naicin, and bach flower remedy.
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I'm not sure I could do it in smoothie form. I don't have a food dehydrator. Are they expensive? How do you know if you're doing it right?

Also, what is bach flower remedy?

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Re: How to try to avoid ppd?

I had severe PPD, twice...C2 and C3. It nearly cost me my life.

Two Words: Placenta Encapulation!

I never new post partum could be that blissful! My hair did not fall out, my milk was like a Jersey Cow. I did not speak jibberish. I did not loose my mind! No weeping, no fear, no panic attacks!

I will Placenta Encapsulation with this one, too!
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What exactly is ppd- really bad depression? I am OCD and worry that it will flare up worst after baby.
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What exactly is ppd- really bad depression? I am OCD and worry that it will flare up worst after baby.
Um... Yes and no.

It can include a feeling of detachment from your baby. Which of course would compound the depression and feelings of inadequacy.
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I'm not sure I could do it in smoothie form. I don't have a food dehydrator. Are they expensive? How do you know if you're doing it right?

Also, what is bach flower remedy?
Ya know, I'm not sure. My food dehydrator was a hand me down from my mom. It was super easy though. Just cut the membrane from the placenta, cut it into strips, put it on the dryer overnight, put in a blender, and fill the capsules. I was worried at first, but found that it really is kind of idiot proof! They have great online tutorials, too. Here is a good one:
http://www.cafemom.com/journals/read...ons_w_Pictures

Bach flower remedy is a homeopathic for different emotional issues. There are several kinds, you can find the one (or several) that would work best for your exact situation. It's kind of like rescue remedy, but it covers more than just stress.

http://www.bachflower.com/original-b...ower-remedies/
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Thanks for the info. I haven't checked the links yet, but can I take that remedy at any time? Or just when not pregnant?
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Well this thread just convinced me to encapsulate my placenta this time around! I had no idea it helped ease depression, wow!

I have read that you can dry it on low heat in your oven too. If that's true I might do that. Don't really have the $ to spend on a dehydrator and I know my parents would NOT like to loan me theirs for this

I think dehydrators are about $150 for a cheaper one

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