Postpartum Depression

May 5, 2016

Why I am so sad? What is wrong with me? I don’t want to hold and kiss my baby… I must be loosing it! Why is everyone so happy? I must be really tired. Let me continue to post pictures online of my happy family so no one thinks anything is wrong with me… After already having three children, there is no way I could experience postpartum depression.

This was me not to long ago. I did not understand what was going on with me. I did not know that after already having three children, that I could experience the feelings that I felt. I was lost. I felt like I was alone. I did not know any other moms with the same feelings. Finally, at my breaking point, I called my doctor.

My doctor saved me. The conversation with my doctor was the best conversation that I had in a very long time. She let me know that I wasn’t alone. She told me that she has had many patients come to her with the exact same feelings.

But why isn’t anyone talking about this? Why are we moms afraid of  letting the truth out about motherhood? Why do we feel pressured to be perfect and to raise perfect children?

It is time to let down the walls and support each other. Being a mom is not easy. Let us embrace this journey together.

-Cheers to Motherhood!

http://www.postpartumprogress.com/the-symptoms-of-postpartum-depression-anxiety-in-plain-mama-english

8 Comments

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    Lis

    You’re an incredible woman and mother. I am SO proud that you addressed the PPD head on – that’s SO huge and now you’re sharing your story. I love you and know that you’ll be an incredible leader for others because of your open heart. Xoxo.

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    Shawna

    Well said!!

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    Sheila

    Congratulations Christine on you new website and Happy Birthday. I know what you mean. I’m sure others will be helped because PPD is real.

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    LeLonna

    I haven’t met any woman that have had ppd or at least spoken up about it so I have never known the severity of it. It’s crazy how it’s not talked about but it’s so real that all woman should be able to express themselves and get help when needed! You’re so strong cousin! I would’ve never guessed you had to deal with this issue.

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    LeLonna

    I haven’t met any woman that have had ppd or at least spoken up about it so I have never known the severity of it. It’s crazy how it’s not talked about but it’s so real that all woman should be able to express themselve help when needed! You’re so strong cousin! I would’ve never guessed you had to deal with this issue.

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    Aimee

    I just had my 4th child… I e had different levels of post partum with each one. I had my first when I was 22… no one told me that I was be sad after I had him… I thought something was wrong with me..I was embarrassed bc supposed to be happy! It lasted about 3 weeks then a little less time with the other 2 baby’s. Of course it felt like it lasted much longer at that time. I just had my 4th child 2 months ago… she was born at 22 weeks so of course she’s still in the hospital. I was such a mess! I couldn’t talk a not her without crying. I keep praying and seeking God but I felt like he was leading me to take medicine to help me through this time. I waited 4 weeks then I decided it was time to talk to my doctor. I just couldn’t function, I was embarrassed bc I am a high functioning person. I don’t think it’s wrong to need help. The medicine is really helping me. To juggle taking care of my 3 kiddos and visiting my daughter in the hospital. I’m not embarrassed about it anymore and I don’t feel like I’m letting God down bc I’m not praying enough or being a good enough Christian. Bottom line is my hormones were out of wack. Thank you for your honesty!

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    Meghan

    Thanks for sharing! I had post partum anxiety with my second child. It started about 2 months after birth and stayed for about a year. It was debilitating and scary! I had panic attacks frequently and could never turn my brain off to go to sleep. I wasn’t even worrying over the baby. It was just this heightened fear and dread all the time. I tried therapy and medicine. The medicine only made me depressed, which I hadn’t been feeling before that. I stopped taking it. I started reading my bible everyday, doing deep breathing exercises and slowly I started getting back to “normal”. Pregnancy and birth does so much more to our bodies than just stretch marks and deflated boobs. It’s important to talk about these things so other moms can be encouraged.

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    Courtney

    Thank you for being so open, honest and willing to start this conversation. It is easy to hide this side of our reality because too many people (mothers) act surprised or unaccepting of anything but “normal”. I was not prepared for the hormonal changes and emotional rollercoaster from baby #1. After baby #2, there were even more significant hormonal changes and a more intense emotional rollercoaster. The heightened anxiety levels are hard to deal with some days. However, I am grateful for a supportive husband, sisters and sister friends that welcome the conversation around postpartum depression and anxiety. This is so real.

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