See what CafeMoms are saying about saving time this holiday season..
I'm 30 years old with an almost 2-week old daughter. I've lived with depression for about 12 years and finally found a medication that worked for me and was on it for the last 4 years. I weaned off of the medication during my pregnancy and my depression relapsed just before my 3rd trimester. Due to the potential effects that particular medication could have on my unborn daughter, I decided to suffer through with the depression for the remainder of my pregnancy. On the outside, I was still functioning alright- eating well, working, etc. I just felt horrible on the inside. I don't know what I expected to happen once my daugher was born... Maybe I thought seeing her would take all of the darkness away and I could finally feel happiness and enjoy her. I didn't. Before I left the hospital, I got a prescription for an antidepressant that would be safe to take while breasfeeding. I couldn't handle the side effects for the first week and so I cut my dose in half and have been tolerating that pretty well. In a couple of days I should be good to start taking the full dose.
I am single. I have the emotional support of my parents and a few friends. I lost several of my friends after I became pregnant and that has been hard but I know they couldn't have been that great of friends if they could just leave like that. I've been trying to embrace what I do have and be grateful. I am truly grateful for the help and support I do have.. I just feel so alone. I wish I felt better.
Anyway, that's me. If anyone has had a similar experience or has any advice or words to offer, please don't hesitate to share.