Will My Postpartum Depression Return With Another Child?
Editor's note: If you've struggled with postpartum depression -- or
know someone who has -- the arrival of another child brings with it a
worrisome question: Will this debilitating condition return? Robin Farr is
grappling with this issue after the birth of her second child. The looming
possibility of PPD had her family walking on eggshells; she blogged about
how it felt trying to convince everyone she felt fine, at least so far, on
Kat Stone's blog, Postpartum Progress. -- Judy
Shortly after Ethan was born, I got that question quite a few times. “How are you?” But it wasn’t just a casual question. It was a question with a head tilt: “How ARE you?" What they were really asking was, “Are you depressed?” “Are you going to have PPD again?" I really didn’t want to spend the next few months having everyone watch me as though I were a kid who had been exposed to chicken pox and they were waiting to see if I was going to break out. Waiting for the other shoe to drop, as it were.