I have postpartum depression. What can I do to make myself feel better?

MY DAUGHTER WAS 3 WEEKS EARLY, I ALLREADY HAD DEPRESSION BEFOR I HAD MY BABY, I WENT THROUGH THIS WITH MY SECOND BABY BUT, NOTHING LIKE THIS ONE I AM 35 YEARS OLD GETTING FIX NO MORE BABIES FOR ME, MY LAST BABY WAS 8 YEARS AGO i NEED HELP

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monna760

Asked by monna760 at 11:23 PM on Jul. 10, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I also had depression before I had my baby, and it got increasingly worse after I had her...she is my only child and I also had my tubes tied after her...it was that bad...I was also on zoloft, it takes about 10 days to work fully...All I can say is I know it is hard, you just gotta stick to it and do the best you can you will start to feel better soon...
    KayleeMommyDay

    Answer by KayleeMommyDay at 11:50 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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  • A friend of mine is going through this right now to and her doctor told her to get out of the house and be social. Go shopping, visit with friends and family, just to get out of the house for a while every day. She said it really helped her. She goes even when she doesn't feel like it because she doesn't want to be on meds. She told me this last weekend that it was really helping and that even though she may not feel like going out in the first place she always feels better after she does. Sorry you are going through this. Hope it gets better soon.
    kittykat1919

    Answer by kittykat1919 at 12:03 AM on Jul. 11, 2008

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  • Get off the meds you dont need them. Tell your self your strong, and Go look at your baby. then realy look at your baby and realize that your not alone. Alot of women go through this.Go bond with your baby and things will be ok.
    irene74

    Answer by irene74 at 12:08 AM on Jul. 11, 2008

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  • Honestly the only thing that worked to get rid of feeling down for me was to drag (and I do mean DRRAAGGG) myself outside & go for a slow walk. Something about being outside & drinking a Dr.Pepper always made me feel good enough to get thru the day.
    Hang in there!
    kgsharber

    Answer by kgsharber at 1:05 AM on Jul. 11, 2008

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  • I had postpartum when I had both of my girls and going out of the house does really help. the walls began to close in on me if you can water the lawn or just sit out on the porch or steps but walking really helps and it helps with the extra weight gain. Hang in ther you'll be just fine
    jazzymimi

    Answer by jazzymimi at 2:23 AM on Jul. 11, 2008

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  • It's hard having a premature baby, I think it adds a whole other level of stress to your already changing world. I too have battled with depression before and after my 9 week preemie. I know it's difficult to lean on your mom, but that's what moms are for...We would do no less for our children. My mom was with me for 3 months and still helps me now and then. I agree with what the others have said, have your mom take y'all out for walks in a nearby mall or park. If you need the meds stick with it, only you know what you need. I hope your little girl is doing well, and know that this too shall pass. Sorry you're having a rough go. Good luck! Hope to chat with you more soon :)
    chupachyps

    Answer by chupachyps at 2:58 AM on Jul. 11, 2008

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  • I have postpartum depression. and even exercising( walking) didnt seem to help. so i know how you feel. i would recomend that you suround yourself with people and things that you love.
    edwinsmom2008

    Answer by edwinsmom2008 at 2:58 AM on Jul. 11, 2008

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  • I was also on zoloft after having my son and it made me happy for a little while, but then i couldnt sleep at all and it made me sick, zoloft is the worst anti depressant you can take, tell your doc and they can help you find what might work better for you, I hear lexipro works really well.
    amber91580

    Answer by amber91580 at 3:59 AM on Jul. 11, 2008

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  • I also had pp badly...The only thing that helped me was to just get out of the house. You would be surprised how much 30 mins will help outside with no baby.
    mithelina

    Answer by mithelina at 11:07 AM on Jul. 11, 2008

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  • Set a couple of little goals for each day.
    For me, I set a goal of taking a walk around the block with my baby in the morning after my DH went to work. This meant that I had to get up, get dressed and get her dressed by a certain time. It slowly became habit and I feel MUCH better cleaned up, in clothes, than in my PJs all day.

    Get out of the house in the afternoon. Go sit at the park, run an errand, grab a cup of coffee. Anything. Your baby is still highly portable so take advantage of it while you can. Mine runs all over the place now. Sigh.

    Join a support group. Even if it's not a PPD group, a mommy group can help. If you work, look into MOPS. If you don't, look into MOMS Club - or look for a group on meetup.com or yahoo groups.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:24 PM on Jul. 11, 2008

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