It's been a while since I posted on here. A Facebook group specifically for Australia/NZ was created so I've found/give support there.
I recognised a couple of the names on here so thought some of you may remember me.
I also thought it might be nice to share some positive news for those in the midst of PP.
Briefly my history is that I had PP with my son in 2011. Unfortunately in Sydney there are no public MBUs (and 7yrs later still none) so I was admitted to a general psych ward. I was fortunate to have a very quick response to medication and with the help of my husband was discharged within 10 days. I continued on medication for a few months before taking myself off them with no ill effects (this worked for me but it's generally not a good idea without a psychiatrist's support).
As I recovered well my husband and I were happy to have a second baby with more support plans in place. So in 2013 I had my daughter. This is when I was most active on here. I did what was suggested and stayed in hospital for longer but wanted to delay taking medication till I was symptomatic. Unfortunately with 5 nights in hospital with little sleep (it's too bright and noisy) I found that on my 1st night at home my thoughts were racing. So I knew then that mania was in its early stages. I started medication and took it for a few weeks without PP establishing.
So the final part is that 4 weeks ago I had my 3rd child (2nd daughter). I had somewhat intended to take medication after she was born. However my husband was having bad sleep apnoea so it would be hard for him to do the night shift if I was sedated. I only spent 1 night in hospital and have since had fairly good night sleeps even when my baby is waking as we're cosleeping (which I definitely wouldn't have been able to do if I was talking medication). This has fortunately meant that I've not had symptoms at all so far. I'm hoping that that continues. Since I showed signs early on with my previous PP episodes I'm assuming I'm pretty much in the clear.
So yeah. I thought I'd share that life after PP can go on as normal. I've been very fortunate and others have perhaps had to work harder to stay well but it's definitely possible to continue life as you'd planned before PP.
Good luck to all the women and families on here who are going through this horrible illness. This forum is a great source of information and support. Thanks to those that provided it to me when I needed it.
For anyone from Australia/New Zealand you can find our Facebook group at "Beyond PP Aust/NZ"