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Postpartum Depression

What do you think?

Hello,

I have been having an issue with anxiety since my little one was born. He is 6 weeks now but he was born a month premature and had to stay in the NICU for two weeks after I was discharged. The whole situation around the birth was scary I was sent over to the hospital after a routine checkup at my OB for severe preeclampsia. Now that my little guy is home and he has been for 3 weeks now, I have been extremely worried something is wrong with him or that he is going to die. We never got a bonding moment after he was born because they rushed him away to the NICU and I didn't get to see him for 24 hours and even when I did get to see him, I was still all dopey from the magnesium and didn't feel right. It makes me scared that I didn't get to make that magical connection that moms are supposed to make after giving birth and maybe now everything is ruined. I am terrified that I didn't get to make that connection because maybe he isn't meant to be here very long and he is going to end up dieing for some reason. I have nightmares at night that have me jumping out of bed and rummaging through the sheets because I dreamt that I had fallen asleep with him in the bed and he is now dead. I have other dreams also with other circumstances. I am constantly checking on him to make sure he is alive. Am I rational with these fear or could this be PPD or baby blues? I think I am worring myself silly, I have broken out in hives all over my body and I am staring to wonder if it is because of the stress? Please help me and let me know what you think.

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Re: What do you think?

  • Excessive worry over the health of your baby is most definitely a sign of PPD. Classic symptom actually. I used to have nightmares about accidentally throwing my DD down the stairs, or dropping her in the middle of the night. I also had a lot more violent thoughts, which are considered "normal" as well.

    I suggest talking to a professional right away. Mine started with anxiety like yours, and progressed to a severe case of PPD with psychosis (and had to be hospitalized). If I would have caught it sooner I have been told it would have been less severe (but who knows for sure). Mine started about two weeks PP and I was put in the hospital at 7 weeks PP.

    GL to you, it's a horrible thing to go through...

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  • This may help with worrying about your little one while asleep: http://www.amazon.com/Angelcare-Baby-Movement-Monitor-White/dp/B0014KUGNQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1314485115&sr=1-3

    It detects whether or not the baby is breathing. If your baby stops breathing it will alert you. I know this helps me sleep better at night. 

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