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What Am I Thinking: Having a Baby After Postpartum Depression Paperback – March 11, 2005
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For many women, having a baby delivers all the profound joy they anticipated and brings happiness beyond description. For women who experience depression after the birth of a baby, this joy can seem elusive. Instead, women with postpartum depression (PPD) are often gripped with feelings of deep sadness, confusion, anxiety, and despair, and they are deprived of their anticipated joy in their first precious months with their baby. At some point, the question of having another baby arises. If you ask a woman in the throes of a depression this question, she may say, no. No more children. If you ask a woman who has recovered from postpartum depression if she wants more children, she may say, yes, but I'm scared to go through that again. This book was written to accompany these women on their journey toward a subsequent pregnancy after postpartum depression. What Am I Thinking contains essential information for a woman and her family who plan on having another baby after a previous experience with postpartum depression. As these women know, planning another pregnancy can be a process filled with profound anxiety, indecision, fears, and self-doubt. What if I get depressed again? What if it's worse this next time? What if something terrible happens? What if I'm making a mistake? Filled with self-help strategies, current treatment recommendations, and practical advice, this book offers women the hope, confidence, and support they need to make this journey in spite of their anxiety. With this resource and available knowledge in hand, they are likely to feel more empowered, enabling them to proceed with confidence.
- Publisher : Xlibris (March 11, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 148 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1413473474
- ISBN-13 : 978-1413473476
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.34 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #498,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
Helpful and validating. I felt myself identifying with the many points made in the book and wish I’d had this resource years ago. I would recommend this to OBGYNs and all family doctors who might need more resources to refer to their patients. None of my doctors knew about this book and it helped more than therapy ever did. Give this book a try, it might not resonate with you as much as it did with me, but it is a worthwhile start to the road of postpartum recovery. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and you are not alone!
3 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2020
I suffered with postpartum anxiety and ocd. This book tells my story exactly and helps me feel normal knowing that I didn’t actually go crazy and what I experienced other women experience too.
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Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2005
I remember saying aloud "What am I thinking?" when I became pregnant with my second child after a previous struggle with postpartum depression. I couldn't imagine having to go through it again. I had read Karen Kleiman's first book "This Isn't What I Expected" and it helped me immensely. I saw that she had another book and my own words caught my attention. "What am I thinking? " My questions and my fears and the issues that frightened me so were addressed in this book. Karen's book has helped to alleviate some of my fears and has taught me what I need to know as I welcome my second child into my family. I will read it again before my new baby is born. This is a must read for anyone who has struggled with PPD and wonders how she might handle having another baby. Thank you, Karen.
31 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2020
So necessary that I told my OB about it to recommend to her patients. I suffered from PPD for my first baby’s whole first year, and with this book and some medication, I’ve successfully avoided it with my second for four months and counting. Important resource for both moms and their partners!
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2018
Since my experience with postpartum OCD/insomnia/anxiety three years ago, I’ve read books, attended seminars, and talked with a lot of women about this subject. This book has some of the best descriptions and advice of all. It really touched me. It gave me hope about a second pregnancy and postpartum period. It is concise and powerful. Even if I don’t go ahead with a second pregnancy, it’s messages have helped me process my first experience.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2012
The book was helpful but I just want to say something to all of the moms out there who are reading it. I had ppd with my first baby but I did not with my second. It was a totally different and wonderful experience so please know that just because you had it with one does not mean that you will have it again. For me, the second baby was so much easier because I had been through so much with the first. It is really scary to even think about going through that again but I am living proof that it is well worth it! Good luck! :)
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Excellent resource!Reviewed in Canada on August 31, 2016
Highly recommend this book for anyone considering having a baby with a history of PPD or risk factors for depression. Excellent resource for exploring feelings, communicating with your partner and other healthcare professionals and putting the best support plan and coping strategies in place ahead of time. This book is excellent and I have recommended it many times.