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A little worried..

How common is it to get depressed after you give birth? How bad can it get? How do you deal with it?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:52 AM on May. 8, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • It is called Post Partum (sp?) Depression. It varies on how bad it can get. Talk to your doctor & he/she can recommend a pshychologist for you to talk to (& to evaluate how bad it is). You can also post this in the Parenting question section under "Babies (0-12months)" to talk to other moms going through it now, or in general parenting to get advice from other moms who have gone through it before. Good luck!

    Answer by WannabeMommy87 at 4:02 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • Post partum is definately real! I'm a living witness... because I believe I'm still suffering from it. I'm a single mother a 7 month DS and this is my first and only child. To be honest, the first 6 months were really bad and dark. I absolutely love my baby and he gives me a reason to keep trying, but I felt overwhelmed and alone for the longest. I mourned the loss of my old body and just worried how I could provide for him after the loss of my job. Plus my DS had really bad colic as a newborn so I was irritable and lacked sleep. So I joined CM so that I could get advice from other moms and found out I was not alone. A lot of my problems were common and sometimes mothers would give me different perspectives of issues and a lot of needed support! Truthfully, I am very hesistant to talk to my OB about being depressed--being a single mom. But now I understand I should just because it can benefit both my DS and myself... good luck

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:58 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • I think it's a lot more common than you may think. I had very very mild post-partum. I wouldn't even call it that ... more like the "baby blues". The first 2 weeks, I was on cloud 9 and so happy. We had people coming over and sleep deprivation hadn't hit yet. Then, when my son was 2 weeks old, the blues started. It was like the honeymoon period was over and this was my life. Sleep deprivation was awful, I was in pain from breastfeeding and switched to formula, and I was going through horrible hormonal change. I remember cringing when my son would cry, having no emotion towards him whatsoever when I'd look at him, going crazy in the middle of the night when he'd cry unconsolably. I would have to wake up DH and say "You HAVE to take over or else I'm gonna go insane". Thankfully he was very supportive. It only last 2 weeks, until my son was 4 weeks old. It's completely normal, and there are lots of people you can talk to.

    Answer by ap9902 at 9:39 AM on May. 8, 2009

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