Any moms suffering from postpartum ?

Amanda - posted on 10/06/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Thought I'd go online and look for some support groups . I will start off by introducing myself . I'm Amanda I'm 28 and happily married to a great man . I have a 4 year old and a 8 month old . When I gave birth to my 4 year old I was totally fine and the happiest momma ever . After my son I was 30/80 on having another child . 80%being NO and 30% maybe so I had my doctor place the 5 year mirena . Well on the 3 year of having the mirena I got pregnant with my daughter . I was NOT ready but abortion was not an option to me (to each its own ) I loooooove my daughter so much she is such a joy . As soon as I got home with her from the hospital I cried and cried and cried more . After about 4 weeks and stopped . My doctor did tell me I had postpartum but I tried brushing it off . Well recently it started again , my doctor put me on a med but I don't think it's helping . Any suggestions as far as self help advice ?

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Denise - posted on 10/08/2015

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I went through PPD with my first kid and because it went undiagnosed (I knew I had it but didn't let others know) it evolved into depression. The best thing for me was therapy, to address all the feelings I had from the PPD and the cause of it. I didn't take any medication, as that was mainly explained to me as a way to help manage the depression so I could better handle therapy. My therapist and I had a long discussion about it and she said that she always recommends that anyone with PPD should see a therapist even if they are seeing a psychologist, as a psychologist focuses more on medication and fixing the balance whereas a therapist addresses the issues that may have caused PPD.

Whatever you decide, know that there's light at the end of the tunnel. For me it was a 2 year journey that was rough and hard, but I'm stronger for it. There will be dark days, but take each moment as they come and eventually it will get better. My strongest recommendation is to talk about your feelings, so you don't feel isolated.

Jodi - posted on 10/08/2015

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How long have you been on the medication? And did the doctor also refer you to a counsellor? You shouldn't be taking medications and not also seeking some level of counselling.

Other things that help - sunshine and fresh air and exercise. Try to get in a routine and go for walks.

Also, make sure you are eating regularly and healthily - an empty stomach does not help.

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2015

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It can take a full month for the medication to help and even then you may still feel tired and ad at times. Try to ask for help so you can nap, get your haircut or just be alone for an hour or two. Do you have two or three children?

Maria - posted on 10/07/2015

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You're welcome! Just do something that makes you happy when you start feeling it coming on or notice you are feeling down! And thanks! Hope it gets better for you!

Amanda - posted on 10/06/2015

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Thank you so much ! I will try that . I've always been such a strong person so excepting this diagnosis is so hard for me . I pray it gets better . I'm glad you are doing better mama

Maria - posted on 10/06/2015

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I went through postpartum with both of my kids! My daughter just turned 4 and my son will be 2 soon. I didn't go to the doctors for it because I felt like I could do it on my own and I did! I started doing relaxation yoga. It doesn't work for everyone but I would put on happy music and dance until any depression set in. ( The Kids danced with me as well as the yoga) try something new! I hope this helps and I am here for you!

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