anyone suffering from postpartum depression?
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It IS very hard with two babies, but remember that there is a REASON why you were given the joy of two healthy beautiful babies. I like to think that we only get what we can handle and being able to care for 2 babies means that you are a stronger person and the experience will make you an even better and stronger person! It's really difficult to enjoy your babies in the first year with lack of sleep and stress. It's worse to look back and wish that you got help sooner than it is to ask for help now.
Tonya - posted on 07/07/2012
I, too, suffered from Post Partum Anxiety Disorder...It kicked in about 2 wks after the girls came home from the hospital and my husband was going back to work and my mom wouldn't be staying with me anymore. My girls were born at 33 wks (with no complications) but still needed to stay in the hospital for 3 wks before they could be released. The funny thing is I had a wonderful pregnancy...no morning sickness or sickness at all throughout my pregnancy...no fear of the C-Sec that I knew that I had to have because I was delivering identical twins at the age of 40 (which is high risk in pregnancy years)..I truly believe that I was suffering from this immediately after delivery because i cried non-stop (at night) in the hospital for the 4 days that I was there. Then starting crying periodically once I came home and then again when they were with me but I no longer was going to have the family support to help. I went to the dr's, he prescribed Zoloft and I searched the Website until I sound a local Post Partum support group. The med's worked wonderfully and the support group really helped. My family began to pitch in again so I wasn't caring for the girls by myself anymore. I also began individual Therapy with a Anxiety Disorder Therapist. Life was great for the past 9-mnths when I realized that the 40 lbs that I gained from the medicine was starting to make me depressed. My blood work was off the charts because of the wgt gain and I knew that I needed to do something about this. I felt like I was in a good place and requested from my Primary dr to ween me off of the meds so that I could concentrate on losing the wgt and taking care of my health. Unfortunately, the side effects and withdrawals are absolutely terrible. Crazy dreams, brain chattering and uneasiness all over again. I had to start seeing my Therapist again so that she could work me through the withdrawals. I realize that there will be different periods of my daughters growth that will make me become anxious but I'm determined to do this without meds. Don't get me wrong I don't begrudge anyone for taking the meds to get through the real rough patches but be prepared that you could end up with a huge weight gain and extreme withdrawals trying to come off of them. Support Groups and Therapy are a wonderful tool to use.
Charity - posted on 07/06/2012
I have always been prone to depression and when my first was born I suffered from it but didn't see that till later I just figured I was overwhelmed with my first. After that I began running daily and that helped prevent or ease up on my depression. I had twins 7 months ago and had been doing well happy and excercising and now it has began to hit. The last week I have been crying and overwhelmed,tired,moody,down and barely out of the house *(not my normal even when the twins were a few weeks old we were out and I took daily walks and or runs. I hope I can get a handle on this I was so miserable after my son was born I was angry and crying and my hubby did not understand. I told him today I thought I was getting depressed and that I really need a BREAK
Kristine - posted on 04/10/2012
Okay, so I am a 31 year old Mom of 4 girls, ages 13, 8, and 3. Since my fourth was born, I have been a different person. It started when I was pregnant with her. The feelings of being scared to have 4 kids, financial responsibility, can I handle four kids in public, my life is gonna suck, blah blah blah. After I had her, I isolated myself from everyone. All of my relationships with my family have drastically changed for the worse. I hate going out with the girls, I don't enjoy anything anymore. I panic when we go anywhere...especially parties, dinners, etc. I haven't worked, I have no girlfriends, and my husband and I moved our family from NJ to NC last year. Away from all of our family and friends. I don't even answer the phone anymore. Sometimes I feel better and have good days, but the next day, I realize I still am just so sad and so lost. I feel like I don't even know the old me anymore, but I miss her. I miss laughing, talking and enjoying things with my kids and my friends. Is it PPD that has just gone undiagnosed?
Tracie - posted on 08/03/2009
all i have to say is zoloft:) my husband and i knew something was wrong at 4wks post pardom. it was horrible! called my dr. right away and went in for a visit. my husband went with me for support. i failed my post pardom test big time, started zoloft, and 2wks later i started to feel better:) hoping to get off in oct. if the whole world were on zoloft, it would be a much happier place:)
Tabitha - posted on 07/26/2009
Yes, my depression set in 6 months after my twins were born. I started a lose of meds and that helped for about a year. Tried to come off of them but I wasn't ready. At the beginning of the summer I noticed another downward spiral and started counseling and uped the meds. It isn't easy but I have to push through it as much as I would like to quit. My husband has really began to help me more around the house and with kids because I have expressed what I really need. It has made a difference. I remember going through some with my oldest and it went away. I never dealt with it though.
Meghan - posted on 07/24/2009
I am now still going through postpartum depression. My twins are 3 1/2 months old. It is not nearly as bad as it was when they were in the hospital, being 7 weeks premature and when they came first came home. My health center did a checklist on myself and I scored an 8 out of 12 (12 being the most extreme). I find that there are times that I feel angry and that nobody understands what I'm going through. Fortunately, I do not feel like this all the time. I feel like it has a lot to do with the stress of having two babies, especially when they are both crying and I'm crying along with them. However, I am soo blessed to have both my babies healthy and happy,
Patricia - posted on 07/24/2009
My doctor told me it was pretty common after multipes because of the huge hormone decrease. He told me about it several times but I didn't think it would be an issue. I finally realized that was what it was and not just that I was having a hard time coping with twins, an older child, a job change and other things. Please go see your doctor if you think that's what's going on. It made a huge difference and I was able to enjoy the babies.
Heather - posted on 07/22/2009
I did after my third was born. Her birth didn't go the way I thought it would. She was a c-section. A year earlier I had twins naturally, so I thought she would be the same. After 12 hours of labor they did a c-section, I started crying as soon as they told me I had to have a section, I didn't stop crying till she was about 3 months old when I joined a local moms club. It gave me people to socialize with while my children had friends to play with. It helped a lot getting out and talking with other moms in the same situation I was in.
Looking back on the last two years and comparing how I feel/manage now, I think I possibly did. Angry, resentful, depressed, exhausted, yup. I highly recommend making the investment to go see a couselor, it helps so much to have that 1 hour where you can talk just about yourself and have someone help you express what you need to get out so you can start to feel better. My husband has gotten a lot better at helping with the kids and making sure I have some alone time to myself, which has helped a lot. The other day I used hot-rollers in my hair for the first time in 2 years! If you work, check and see if your employer offers an EAP. Maybe your spouse's work does?
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