Baby blues...

Cindy - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Just wanted to ask if anyone knows the difference between emotions due to changing hormones and lack of sleep and post natal depression. I have noticed the days where I have very little sleep I start feeling blue and cry a lot, but the other days are fine. Any one have any advice?

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Jessica - posted on 07/24/2009

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I personally don't agree with being put on anti depressants. I have postpartum depression and the best advice i can give is to either talk to your doctor (who may be quick to push the drugs) or make a counseling appointment and talk them about how you are feeling. This helps me, I hope it may help you!

Marta - posted on 07/24/2009

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I think the major difference is if you're just simply exhausted and baby is really fussy and so you have a good cry that's the baby blues it's postpartum if you feel a lack of interest, emotional connection etc. with your baby and especially if you're having thoughts of harming yourself or the baby. I would go to the doctor and discuss this with him/her and make sure that your man knows how you're feeling. He might be able to help you with getting started on feeling better by letting you go and have a nap on those bad days.

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funny how noone warns you about the post labor hormones.....ood swings. in fact, my hormones were more outta wack after i had my boys than during the pregnancy. it could be totally normal feelings due to your hormones, but if you have any concerns at all you should call your doctor. i had post partum after i had my first son and never got help for it...i "winged" it actually, not enjoying being a mom. i just went through the motions and took care of him and noone knew i was feeling that way. call you doc....and best wishes to you and your new baby.

Judy - posted on 07/24/2009

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I think "baby Blues" is a short term feeling due to lack of sleep, feeling overwelmed or not understanding what baby wants right at that moment. Post natal depression is a much more long term feeling and can even start after the first 6 months. It´ll also be more severe and will affect other areas of your life. Talk to Seth and tell him to keep an eye on you. He will know you better than anyone and if something seems wrong let him tell you and then get some help.

Hope that helps :-)

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How long has it been since you had your little one? My experience with my daughter was that I did go through some baby blues for a couple of months after she was born--but I think a lot of this was due to hormonal changes/lack of sleep/adjusting to motherhood. If your "blues" don't go away after a couple of months or if you find yourself feeling disconnected from life and especially your little one, I would talk to your doctor. While I didn't try this, I have had friends who went on low-dose antidepressants after their children were born and had some success with them.

Amber - posted on 07/24/2009

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How old is your baby? It took me 6-8 weeks to get past the hormone changes and oh the lack of sleep!!! Since then I feel really well no depression at all and before I was pregnant I suffered from depression for many years. I found that I talked to people about how I was feeling and it felt good to cry sometimes. I also made sure to have people around me that really helped me.

Crystal - posted on 07/24/2009

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may just be baby blues but i saw my doc when i got like this, i have been on anti depressants for a while now i would see your doctor

Jennifer - posted on 07/24/2009

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I would talk to your doctor. I talked with mine about my emotions and she put me straight on anti depression pills. I havent just cried out of the blue for about three weeks now.

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