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Postpartum Depression

Struggling

I just finished decorating our tree. Alone. DH was trying to put our toddler to sleep and its been up for a week so I just wanted it done. It was my choice but it made me even more sad. Half the ornaments are memories. I just kept thinking sad things like about my dad dying, or my DH dying... Our marriage has been rocky for awhile now. We are working on it and I believe we have what it takes to fix it, but having a newborn and toddler isn't helping us get there. Just too much distraction and chaos. I had and beat breast cancer last year. I have a history of depression and anxiety. It all just feels like its piling up on my sleep deprivation. I'm ebf which is really important to me after the cancer so I can't go back on antidepressants. I was on Effexor when I found out I was pg. It was the only med I have taken that works. Ugh... I'm just so tired of feeling sad and like no one around me can understand. I need to get back to counseling but haven't decided if its useful knowing DS would be with me...

Thanks for being here and letting me get it off my chest. I know you ladies understand.
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Re: Struggling

  • Have you ever tried zoloft? I took it while BF my son and I still take a low dose while pregnant now. My milk supply never decreased and DS is perfectly fine. I hope things work out for you and start getting better.

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  • I tried Zoloft pp with my dd. It didn't really help me at all. Gratefully it isn't so bad that I can't function and have enough history that I have learned to at least talk about it. The last three years have just piled up on me so at this point I don't even know how much is hormonal and how much is real and how much is just my "normal" depression...
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  • I am so sorry you are feeling like that. I felt very alone even though I had people around me. Know that you are not alone and it will get better. Maybe try getting a break for a few hours and just catch your breath? Even a bath and some music might help center you a little. Hope you are able to get some rest :)
  • I'm so sorry you're going through this. You can take anti-deps while BFing. There are a whole list of approved drugs. I took Prozac and BF'ed DS for 2 years. I started it again when DD was three months. It has saved my life. My H and I also have problems, and the medication helps me to deal with it calmly and rationally.

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