Keys to Minimizing Risk for and Effects of PPD

Long time no blog!  Sorry it’s been a while.  Been busy, busy, busy with my manuscript, which is moving slowly but steadily toward its ultimate publication!  I’m on a brief hiatus from working on the manuscript, so now have the time to dedicate more toward blogging.  I also have to get back into the swing of things as far as Twitter is concerned, so I can get back up to speed on what’s been going on out there, other than what I see on my Facebook newsfeed each day and on the blogs I follow.

Thanks, Karen Kleiman of the Postpartum Stress Center, for the link to this very informative article written by Laura Miller, MD, a leading expert on PPD, titled “Preventing Postpartum Depression.”  I’m not going to go into detail here….you just have to take 15 minutes to read through the information Dr. Miller has outlined on the keys to minimizing risk for, and effect of, PPD.    Though the title of the article may lead people to mistakenly thinking there is a sure-fire way to prevent PPD– as I’ve mentioned before, you can follow tips, including being knowledgeable about PPD, your risk factors, and lining up adequate social support before baby’s arrival–there is no 100% guarantee when it comes to actual PPD prevention.   There are many variables, most of which are unpredictable elements that also need to be factored in with respect to how childbirth and the first weeks postpartum go. 

The primary focus of the article is on minimizing the risk for PPD, and if you should end up with PPD, minimizing the effect of PPD by early detection via screening methods in place by many (but far from all) OB/GYNs and treatment (medication and/or therapy).  The important thing is to be as knowledgeable and prepared as possible, and following the strategies outlined in this article will go a long way in that respect!

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