Action on Postpartum Psychosis
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Did your contractions feel cerebral?

I'm womdering whether anyone else who suffered from pp had contractions that they sensed in their head. Throughout pregnancy, I would feel my Braxton hicks practice contractions in my head. It felt like a low level electric shock in my skull. Kind of like a head rush when you are upside down. I can't remember if they felt that way during labour but knowing that the brain communicates through electrical impulses (and one type of treatment for pp is electric shock therapy) part of me wonders whether the way I experienced my contraction caused the pp. Just wondering if there others out there that had similar experiences.

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Hello Metamom

Welcome to the forum and thank you for your post. I hope you have now recovered from PP.

I had PP twice many years ago. I didn't feel any practice contractions during my pregnancy. With my first son I had an epidural followed by an emergency c-section and my second son was born by elective c-section. It's a very interesting analogy as I had ECT during my recoveries.

I'm sure there will be other mums here to share their experiences.

Take good care.


Hi Metamum,

I didn't have any practice contractions during pregnancy, but since my treatment for PP (antipsychotics, antidepressants and ECT), I have had what I describe as head rushes/electrical shocks in the head! It started off very frequently when I was coming off the antidepressants, so thought it was a side effect of that, but now it is only very occasional, probably only once every few days (used to be every few hours). I am thinking now that it is more a side effect of the ECT, but who knows! So it's not quite the same as your situation, but definitely sounds like you are describing the same kind of symptom. Maybe it is related to PP? It would be interesting to see if anyone else has had similar symptoms? xx


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