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Do you think it's possible to have depression like postpartum depression but while you are actually still pregnant?

I mean is it possible to have no history of depression and have been pregnant before but somehow with a new pregnancy suddenly be severly depressed and not know why. More than just mood swings. More like hoplessness, not able to concentrate, sad all the time, can't function.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:20 PM on Mar. 18, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • Yes. This is very possible. Every one of my PPD books has a chapter for it. Your hormones have gone wacky and that is the best guess anyone has for what causes PPD. No matter what stage of pregnancy or post-pregnancy you are in - your hormones are not what they were before and PPD is possible.

    Please, please, please talk to your doctor. If you don't want to make an extra appointment, fine. But bring it up at your next check-up. At the very least your doctor needs to know so he (or she) can be on the look out for additional problems once the baby arrives. But a good doctor will start to help you NOW.

    For a good book, try "The Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book"


    Answer by kaycee14 at 10:28 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

  • Yes, it is! I think it's called anti-natal depression. Definitely talk to your doctor! (((((HUGS)))))

    Answer by SahmTam at 11:27 AM on Mar. 19, 2009

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