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Test to Detect Post Natal Depression

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johnworf · 02/07/2013 08:24

According to Sky News a test has been developed that can tell if you have the genetic markers for PND. I'm in two minds as to whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. Having had PND after 3/4 pregnancies I was already predisposed however, if the test comes back positive for someone who hasn't already had it or is in a first pregnancy, it could turn into a self fulfilling prophecy.

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syl1985 · 09/07/2013 22:50

I think it's a bad thing. Someone might have a higher risk on getting a pnd. But there is so much more going on then just your genetics.

Is the baby a cry baby?
Was it planned?
How is the relationship with your partner?
Finances and other problems that give you extra stress?
Did you had a cesarean?
Was it a difficult birth?
How is breastfeeding going on?

All these extra factors will all play a part in it.
I think even someone who has got the right genes, but all above against her. Even that new mother could get pnd.

Our genetic material do play an important part in making us the persons that we are. But humans are no robots.

I also think that with today's guidelines or just telling pregnant and new mothers what to do. Instead of letting us think for ourselves. Isn't really helping.

I've 3 children and I'm now pregnant with the 4th.
They say with breastfeeding to feed on demand. Even if the newborn baby comes like every 2 hours.

Who in the world could keep their heads on their shoulders when they have to feed the baby every 2 hours?

Your body is recovering from birth. Then not being able to sleep because you got to breastfeed your baby. Because that's the best thing to do!!!! And you don't want to be a bad mother so you do all that they tell you to do.

You can do the every 2 hours breast feed for one or two days. But after that..... you sure will get into trouble. Any human will get into trouble.

We can't go without sleep.
Not giving someone enough sleep or keeping this person awake. Is a form of torture.
When you're a mother you're supposed to be super woman and being able to go without sleep for a long time???

I think if they'd start to be more honest to pregnant and new mothers. Instead of forcing us to do the impossible. Far less woman would suffer from pnd.

What to do if your child wants to drink every 2 hours?
This is what I did with my 3rd child. It worked perfectly and it was so easy. I can so recommend this to everyone.

And breastfeeding went much better. My 1rst I only managed to do it for about 2 weeks. My 2nd was a cry baby. It was so heavy and same as with number 2 I soon didn't had enough milk anymore so I had no choice then to give him the bottle.

Because if you don't get enough sleep your body will stop making milk.

With nr 3 I breast fed him for months.... It went so good.

Feed him every 3 hours. If he comes sooner try to let him wait by giving him a dummy or a bit of water.

Check the weight of your baby, write it down.
Give him his breast milk.
1 breast about 15 minutes then the other one.
Check again his weight. Don't change his nappy in between.

Last nr minus the first number is the amount of ml that the baby has been drinking.

He'll need around 150ml - 200ml of milk per kilogram of his body weight per day. Divide this by the times you feed him during 24 hours.
You'll soon find out about how much he needs.

Didn't he had enough to drink?
Give him a bottle.
If you let someone else give him the bottle then in the meantime you can use a breast pomp to try to get some more milk and to stimulate your breasts to make more milk. About 15 minutes for each breast. You can keep in the refrigerator your breast milk for up to 24 hours. In case he doesn't have enough with a next meal.

Drink at least one glass of water when you have done this. You'll need a lot of fluid when you are giving breast milk.

I'm sure there are many other good working ways to feed your baby. But if they just would stop to pressure woman in doing the impossible. I really think far less new mothers would get a PND.

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