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Good evening,

I had my 2nd son 3 weeks ago by c-section due to placenta previa and accreta he was born at 37 weeks, I have suffered from an eating disorder for 6 years and when i got pregnant i made sure i ate to not harm my son but now that he is born i have gone back to my restricting ways it took a week before i was in the same place i was wondering if this can cause ppd to be worse? I go back and forth cause i know i should eat to be able to heal from c-section but i can not bring myself to do so.

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I wouldn't say that the eating disorder and the PPD are linked. I think that having a history of an eating disorder and the added stress of a new baby would probably trigger you to start the disorder after having the baby. I do give you a huge e-hug for eating right while you were pregnant because you knew what was best for your baby when she was growing inside you. Take that feeling you had of wanting to do the best for you child while you were pregnant and realize that you should be eating right for you child now that they are born. Children will mimic the eating habits of their parents, so be mindful of that. I know you can get better and get the help you need because you acknowledge that you have a problem, have been able to at least temporarily overcome it, and have a strong desire to do what is best for yourself and your baby!
Hang in there and if you need further encouragement, please check out the links below.

http://www.healthtree.com/articles/eating-disorders/anorexia/treatments/

http://www.ppdsupportpage.com/

http://www.babyzone.com/mom_dad/fitness_nutrition/article/parents-eating-disorde

http://www.something-fishy.org/

Sincerely,
April

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I can answer questions about PPD symptoms, direct people to helpful books and websites about PPD. I can answer questions about what treatments are available for PPD. 1 week after having my twins in 2007, I was hospitalized for severe Postpartum Depression. I spent a total of 5 days in in patient treatment, and was put on antidepressants. It took me 2 years to recover, and I still take it day by day. But I know my first hand experience and my willingness to share my story has helped other women come forward and seek help for their PPD. if you need help, call: 1-800-944-4PPD Helpline provided by Postpartum Support International.

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1 week after having my twins in 2007, I was hospitalized for severe Postpartum Depression. I spent a total of 5 days in in patient treatment, and was put on antidepressants. It took me 2 years to recover, and I still take it day by day. But I know my first hand experience and my willingness to share my story has helped other women come forward and seek help for their PPD. I know that acceptance of PPD and knowledge about its signs and symptoms is very limited in many cultures, including my own. I hope to help other mothers, fathers, and other concerned family members and friends recognize the importance of seeking treatment and help without fear of ridicule or judgment. I am here to lend a sympathetic ear to those who may be suffering from PPD and let them know I too have been there and they will get better!

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I am a second year graduate student in Medical Anthropology at the University of Memphis. I have a B.S. in Health Services Administration. I am not a doctor, so I cannot diagnose or treat anyone with PPD.

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