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July 27th, 2006, 08:07 PM
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Does anyone know the occurance of postpartum depression after a miscarriage?? Or if it's even possible?? I'm assuming that it is because of the hormone shifts.. But I'm wondering if my depressive states lately are postpartum.. I don't really know enough of the signs/symptoms, and feel kind of stupid going to my doctor about it right now, so any advice or info anyone has would be greatly appreciated...
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July 27th, 2006, 09:42 PM
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Well from a professional stand point I would say by all means this could occur for exactly the reasons you state, the nhormonal shifts. After giving birth it can take 6-8 weeks for your levels to return to "normal"...now with a m/c your body is basically confused...there was a baby and the pg ended in a timeframe your body was not prepared for. Pair this with grief and I think it's safe to say there is depression involved...maybe they don't call it "postpartum" exactly but there should be a term for it because I think it's safe to say most of us have experienced these kinda of feelings from the hormones alone after a m/c.
Don't feel dumb asking your dr...he'she would be better fit to answer your question then I would but if someone asked me this at work, I would totally answer them as I have you above. Personally, I just want to hug you and tell you you'll be ok sweetie...
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July 28th, 2006, 12:39 AM
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There definitely is pospartum depression following a m/c. My OB is wonderful and spent a lot of time just counseling me after each one and offered me meds if I needed them. It's like the hormonal rush you get when you have AF and (at least I do) get a little b**chy, anytime your hormones increase or decrease rapidly your mood will be affected.

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July 29th, 2006, 05:56 PM
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I don't know if the word postpartum is used or not, but there can definitely be depression related to the hormonal shifts, which is then compounded with depression from grief, and it a total mess. I think most if not all of us have experienced it at one point or another. I can say that I think the hormone part was worse for me after mc#1 than mc#2, so I guess there is some variation there as well.
Good luck, and it won't hurt to talk to your doctor if you trust him or her not to be insensitive about it.

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July 29th, 2006, 06:25 PM
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I too believe that hromones can play a major role in adding to teh depression that follows a mc. I think it is rare that women don't suffer some level of depression following a mc. It's a loss & then is often not treated as such by others which only adds to the stress, etc. It's a vicious cycle. I would not hesitate to talk to Dr about it - I talked to mine. In the end I decided not to take any meds, even though my Dr suggested it - but I am not sure today if that was totally the right choice or not - it's just what I felt comfortable with at the time. do what you need to do to help yourself heal. ((hugs))
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