Doctor’s Opinion: How My Experience With Post-Partum Depression Helps Me Relate to Patients

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I just had my baby and thankfully, all is going well. He’s thriving and I am having a much better post-partum experience this time than with my daughter. Despite lingering blood-pressure issues, carpal tunnel syndrome in my dominant hand and the stress of all the baby weight I want to lose, I am happy. I didn’t think it possible to feel this way, having struggled with my mood after my first pregnancy.   

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Expert Opinion: When Doctor Becomes Patient

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I’m at the tail end of my pregnancy and hopefully all will go well. I was recently told I have gestational hypertension—i.e. high blood pressure during pregnancy—and was handed a three-liter jug to collect a 24-hour urine specimen. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked a patient to do this very thing, but when faced with the task of doing it myself, I thought, How in the world am I going to do this while running around after a soon-to-be five-year-old? We’re talking every drop of urine, into this container, for an entire day. Oy!

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