Pre-partum depression?

Caitlin - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I've been feeling blue. I only have 2.5 weeks left until i'm due, and these past few days, i've been finding myself on the verge of tears randomly (I know there are a ton of hormones involved). I barely sleep and wake up in the middle of the night thinking something horrible has happened to my baby, my other daughter (almost 15 months) is going through a cranky stage, she's teething and starting to have tantrums when she doesn't get her way and on top of it all, my husband works nights, so he sleeps during the day and I can't just randomly take a break and get some extra sleep that I so desperately need. I'm also trying to do 2 university courses this semester, which isn't helping with stress levels. Mostly I need to vent I think, I don't feel that my husband actually understands how hard it is to be doing what i'm doing even though he tries.

I can't wait to deliver because when I do he gets 5 weeks off, and can finally be around and helping out, and i'm really anxious to meet my little one, I swear these dreams that something is going wrong are really getting old, I want to count her little fingers and toes and know for sure that everything is fine. Last time i was so happy and excited, this time i'm happy and excited, but it's so far inside even I can't see it most times. Hopefully this feeling passes soon, I really don't want to get post-partum depression!

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Ara - posted on 02/17/2010

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It overwhelming having one baby and thinking about adding another. Our girl's 19 months and is starting the tantrums too. It's exhausting. Up until a month ago, my husband didn't do anything with her. He seriously hadn't changed more than 10 diapers her whole life, given her a bath, or gotten her dressed, fed, or anything else like that. I finally had enough. Ever since, he's been really trying to help out more. It's so nice! I've also decided to start taking people up on their offers to watch my daughter. Hey, why not? A weekend away with Grandma and Grandpa would be fun for her and allow my husband and I a little break. I feel so much better now that everything's out in the open and I don't have to keep it bottled up inside anymore. Good luck. :)

Renee - posted on 02/13/2010

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I know how you feel...I too will feel on the verge of crying just while watching a commercial on TV or some other show. I have a 21 mos old son that is VERY active and has major temper tantrums. I work as a hotel manager for a week straight, 24 hours a day, but then I have a week off. Our home is attached to the hotel I work at. My husband also works 3rd shift and sleeps during the day. Even on his days off though, he is not very helpful with our son or things around the house.

Michelle - posted on 02/12/2010

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It is actually pretty normal to be feeling what you are feeling right now. Your body is on overload right now due to anxiety, stress and just trying to get ready for your new little one.

I am going through this for the 5th time and have experienced every emotion. Plus I work crazy hours cause I am a daycare provider. My days start out sometimes at 6:45am and I don't get done sometimes until 12:15 am. But the difference that I have is my husbands help in the evening with my kids and my daycare. So I can totally understand why you are feeling that way when you can't have the support of your husband cause he has to work.

I have been very edgy and short temper with the kids and no patience. These feelings will not last forever and soon you will have your baby in your arms. If you are still concern about post -partum after your baby is born definitely talk to you doctor about it. Hang in there!!

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