So, if you haven’t heard…Hubster and I are starting to think about trying for Baby Deuce.  Since I’ll be at high risk for experiencing another postpartum mood disorder, I want to be as prepared as possible before becoming pregnant.  I’ve been working on building my “team.”

On Wednesday, I met with a therapist who has quite a bit of experience working with PPD.  She was wonderful, and I was completely comfortable with her.  I’m so happy to have found another therapist that I like.  I have a hard time opening up, so I was nervous about finding someone.

On Thursday, I had an appointment with a psychiatrist that my therapist recommended.  I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to have him on my team.  The man is brilliant; you can just tell.  When I explained how I’d been told to withdraw from Effexor, he raised his eyebrow and said, “She told you what?”  He told me that Effexor, while a very effective drug, is one of the absolute worst drugs to miss a dose of and to withdraw from.  We agreed on a very slow schedule of tapering off of the medication.  It should take me about two months to come completely off, and then we’ll need to wait two weeks to see if I am okay without any medication.

He also chatted with me about SSRIs that have been proven to be safer during pregnancy, in the event that I would need to continue with medication.  The man really knows his stuff, and I feel so blessed to be able to meet with him.  I feel very confident that he’ll be able to help me through whatever mental health challenges, if any, are ahead of me.

The last member of my “team” will be an OBGYN.  I need to know that if I experience hyperemesis again, that I’ll be able to get an appointment earlier than the standard 8-12 weeks gestation.  I need to know that my OBGYN is a competent surgeon, since I will need a scheduled c-section.  I need to know that my OBGYN recognizes that I’m at high-risk for depression during pregnancy and postpartum.  I will have this appointment in late July.

I’m so excited about my team!  I’m thrilled that Hubster and I are in a larger city now, with a greater pool of medical professionals available.  I’m happy that we’re going into this prepared for all possibilities.  I’m excited for our family to grow. 🙂

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