postpartum.depression.&.anxiety

Thursday, April 28, 2011 |
  I just can't seem to shake it. I thought it was baby blues, which I had with both of my girls. For two weeks after the birth of our girls, I cried, boo-hoo'd, and had crazy mood swings. [God bless my hubby]. I started to feel better last week...I thought it was over. Apparently, postpartum depression [or PPD] can do that. You can kinda feel pretty good or better for a few days and then crash back down. These baby blues are not leaving me. There is seriously nothing wrong. I have the most amazing, helpful, attentive and loving husband...he's my beloved. But I think it's time to call the doctor tomorrow and see what's up.
  Symptoms I am having: guilt, crying jags/spells, fatigue [but what mom isn't!?], MAJOR anxiety, loss of appetite [which makes less breast milk and feeds the guilt factor...and stress factor]. The anxiety is the worst. I feel restless. I absolutely cannot sit still and feel calm at the same time. I want to pace and my heart feels like it's racing. I just wish I could relax. Nothing is wrong. The baby...our son [calling him "the baby"?!? is that disconnecting?!?] most likely has reflux like our girls did, but he's in otherwise good health.
  I'll let you know what I find out tomorrow. sigh...sorry this was such a downer of a post, but I know the more it's talked about, the more it can help someone. I know that 85% of women experience PPD, so...

4 comments:

Melody Lopez said...

I hope the Dr. can provide some answers. You are a great Mommy, even in the midst of this trial. Your beautiful girls and handsome son are loved and cared for in the best way possible. God gave you your children knowing there was not a better mom to care for them!

ohana mama said...

Melody, you are the sweetest person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! {{{HUGS}}} Thank you so much for your kind words that always bring tears to my eyes.

Melody Lopez said...

Hey friend! How are things? You feeling better these days?
Jer 29:11 is my life verse. So encouraging to see it in the left margin. :-)

ohana mama said...

Feeling a little bit better! Going to be taking a break from work [the other blog I work at] For a month or two after this month. I didn't really take a break after giving birth and I think I really need it. I'm hoping I will find some renewed strength! I have always loved Jer 29:11. It's also my life verse! It has always held special meaning to me and really helps me focus.

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