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May 5th, 2010, 10:48 AM
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For about 2 weeks after I gave birth, I have had frequent nightmares (one nightmare/night) . I thought that`s normal. Over the last several months, the frequency of my nightmares decreased, now I might have one nightmare per week.
I found on the internet that nightmares after giving birth might be sign of post traumatic stress disorder , which seems to be different to postpartum depression.
I wonder as I had no complication during labor and delivery, except there was no time for me to have an epidural ( it was a vaginal delivery after labor was induced as my water broke ). When I was pushing, my OB told me I don`t look as I was in labor and also I was told that I was very controlled, so I wonder why would I suffer a traumatic stress afterwards? My mood seems normal, I had the "common"baby blues for 4-5 days after delivery. Anyone here with similar experience, like having nightmares after delivery?
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May 5th, 2010, 11:03 AM
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Are you sure it just isn't purely stress without the trauma? I get nightmares when I'm stressed. My 3 year old was really sick a couple days ago and it was so stressful and I've had nightmares the past 2 nights. I notice whenever my life gets crazy, and it usually surrounds my kids, I get nightmares.
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May 5th, 2010, 02:40 PM
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I think you are just finding a link to give it reason. I have had 3 'perfect' L&D's and since before kids I have always been one to have frequent nightmares, they get worse the more I stress ab things, like the PP said..

If you are concerned Id call your dr and ask about it

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May 6th, 2010, 06:47 AM
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Yes, it might be pure stress. Currently I am not too concerned about my nightmares, as I don`t have them so often anymore. Also, when I have a nightmare, it does not impact my mood afterwards.
I tend to have nightmares, when I wake up at 6 in the morning and in case Jasmin still sleeps and continues, I usually sleep for one more hour or so. After waking up again, I might remember a nightmare in some cases. I could probably avoid it by not going to sleep in the morning again.
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May 6th, 2010, 07:58 AM
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I didn't even know stress caused nightmares... that explains a lot..

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