Hi Moms! I'm 38 and had my first baby (Alex) in October. It took me years to get pregnant, and even then, my husband and I underwent the lovely challenges of IVF. Fortunately, it worked after a couple of tries. I love my baby to death, but have to admit that for the first several weeks, I was in a pretty major depression. I cried a lot and felt so stifled and confined at home. It's not as if I was/am such a career-minded person; I love my home and always longed to be a mom and stay home, even just part time. But I changed my tune in a big way when I was going through the depression. I never felt worse in my life (mentally)! I went on Sarafem, a mild anti-depressant my OB recommended. It kicked in a few weeks later, and I started going back to work last week (which I had to do regardless of how I felt). Honestly, I feel good again and am so happy to see my baby when I get home at night. I feel kind of guilty about it, but I think a happy mom makes for a happy baby (and rest of the household). Has anyone else gone thru depression after the baby was born?
on Jan. 15, 2008 at 3:02 PM