I was diagnosed with pp 14 years ago. The onset was immediate after the birth of my daughter as a result I was sectioned 3 weeks later where I remained in hospital for a period of 3 months. Today I am glad to say I am fully recovered and the bond my daughter and I share is inseparable.
Now one of my sisters is pregnant with her first child and although I am overjoyed for her, my anxiety levels are through the roof!!! I have 2 sisters both were only 16 when I was ill they were "sheltered" from what occurred during my time of illness, when they look back on that time they know I was seriously ill yet don't really know much about it.
Normally my sister and I are really close but I feel guilty for not fully arming her with the truth. So now she knows that what I had is called Postpartum Psychosis and I have insisted she tell her midwife as well as doctor of the family history. I haven't went in depth about my on personal experience with her as I want her to try and enjoy what so far has been a stressful pregnancy. She has been told by her doctor there is only a slight chance of her developing pp and the only advice is to make her partner, family and friends aware that after the birth if she starts acting odd or having strange thoughts contact the doctor????
I pray that my sister does not develop pp and luckily my mum (The main support throughout my illness) and I will be watching over her. Sadly what should be a happy time has brought back a lot of sad memories for me and I have to keep remembering because it happened to me doesn't necessarily mean my sister will have to go through the same thing.
If you share similar worries or have had other family members go on to develop pp your responses would be welcomed
Thank you (sorry for the long post)