can postpartum depression come and go?

Samantha - posted on 07/07/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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can postpartum depression come and go?

I had my daughter june 3rd. so she's 5 weeks old. and i was really bad the first couple of weeks not wanting to do anything and crying all the time for no reason and picking fights with my husband. i felt better for a couple of days and then i started to pick fights again and feel like i did everything and no one is here for me or take care of me. then i felt fine the next day. some days i still feel like that but not quite as bad. I'm debating to bring it up to my doctor at my 6 week check up because it's not consistant. i don't know if maybe it's just baby blues that they talk about.

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Your hormones will always be different since there is now a baby and new lifestyle of motherhood. But I did struggle with postpartum kinda the same way you did right after the baby, then it came and went. For about 6 months. I know some of my friends have dealt with it for up to a year after their baby was born. The ups and downs, crying and anger, and depression and totally unexplained clinginess to hubby is part of the hormones going back into balance. I don't remember my biology and all the terms, but when we are pregnant we have a bunch of hormones (more than "usual", that are making a new baby, that account for mommy's hair growth, etc.). When we have the baby, our hormones go way down, way below "normal". As time progresses, the hormones eventually get back into the swing of things but for some women meanwhile it can be very scary. Though it is very, very wrong, it makes a little more sense about the moms who are depressed and angry enough to harm their own kids because I have been in that scary situation many times. I did NOT hurt my baby, but when I felt like it I HAD to contact someone for help right away. That is the strength of our hormones. :( If you feel out of control and depressed, your doctor is there to help. Another thing to keep in mind is that lack of sleep has a lot to do with our hormones. If you aren't getting enough sleep, ask your hubby to take on some of the responsibilities. Let the dishes go unwashed if it's late. Have you looked into a MOPS group in your area? That was really helpful for me. I'm not sure if you go to church or not but oftentimes they have ladies stuff going on for moms. It is important (VERY) that you get with other moms and take a break every so often. :)

Jessica - posted on 07/07/2009

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I would totally bring it up! It can't hurt. Plus your body is dealing with massive hormone change! I dealt with postpartum, but not until 8 weeks when I went back to work. It came in cycles some days I was fine others, not so much! Either way it never hurts to ask your Dr questions!

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