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7 ways I'm Combating Postpartum Depression

By emily |

It was about four months after my third pregnancy when I knew things were not “ok” with me.

I was extremely anxious all day long, wandering around from room to room, never getting anything done. I perpetually had a lump in my throat that would never go away, and only got bigger as the day went on. I longed for laying around in my dark bedroom, not because I was tired, but because I wanted to tune out my life and my children.

After long discussions with my husband, friends and health professionals, it was determined that I had postpartum depression and anxiety. I then went on an antidepressant, and stayed on it until I found out I was pregnant with Paul. During my first trimester, I went cold turkey off the medication (something I wouldn’t recommend under most circumstances).

I’m current seven weeks postpartum, and unmediated. I would be lying to you if I said I that I wasn’t worried about suffering from PPD again, and am somewhat waiting for it to rear it’s ugly head.

But I’m a fighter, and I won’t go down easy.

To combat my post baby anxiety, I’m taking some preemptive healthy measures that I hope will help keep “The Sads” far, far, away from me.

7 things I’m doing to decrease my post baby anxiety:

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7 ways I'm combating postpartum depression

Connecting with my Husband

Last year I went on exactly two dates with my husband. This year, I've vowed that we will do something without our children (even for an hour) once a month. It does wonders for my mood, helps our marriage tremendously, and I very much look forward to spending time alone with him.

And while there is no perfect solution for dealing with anxiety and postpartum depression, this is what’s working for me, right now. Tomorrow, next week, next month could be different. Having a case of “The Sads” is a serious matter, and is nothing to be ashamed of, this I have learned first hand. And by no means am I making claims that “all you have to do is eat right, exercise and sleep to avoid PPD”. I would never say that in a million years. I’m just trying to be conscious of how my body is feeling, and trying to make the best healthy choices to help it feel it’s best.

Having a new baby is hard. So hard. So very, very, very hard. Throw in a few additional kids, and you have a whole marathon to run everyday. The nicer and kinder you can be to yourself, the better.

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Emily Elling is a corporate interior designer and freelance writer. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and four unintentionally hilarious children. Emily also blogs at her personal blog, DesignHER Momma. Read bio and latest posts → Read emily's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “7 ways I'm Combating Postpartum Depression

  1. Emily says:

    Great tips! I recently went through a “sad” time (not sure if it was ppd or some other hormonal/stress related anxiety since my baby was 8 months old), and all of these things help me to feel more human, relaxed, and joyful. Sometimes mamas need to pay a little attention to themselves and get away for a bit (via the gym, a walk alone, or even just a bath) in order to unwind and let the not so great feelings float away.

  2. Ana A. says:

    Is there a time frame for PPD? Chloe is 9 months old and I am suddenly going through a “sad” time right now too.

  3. Kerry says:

    Thanks for sharing. I also knew that something was not right when my son was about 3 mo….i felt just like you did, and ended up having PPD/ anxiety. I started a medication immediately, and felt like my old self shortly thereafter. When I found out I was prego with #2, I stopped taking it cold turkey, and boy what a mistake that was….i’m 10 weeks pregnant now, medication free, and feeling pretty good. I do fear that it will come back after #2 is born, but i’m arming myself with some of your tactics, and keeping calm….I know that know matter what happens, it’s only temporary, and life’s ever changing….

  4. Ana,
    PPD can occur any time in the first 12 months postpartum. If you’re suffering, you should definitely reach out to your doc and have a chat about your symptoms.
    - Katherine Stone, http://postpartumprogress.com

  5. Lynae says:

    It is a little known fact that men can also get PPD, so make sure your guys are aware of this. A good whole foods multi, B vitamins, vitamin D and omegas also help your body fight (or prevent) PPD.

  6. Poppy says:

    I obsessively made cards to bring myself out of Postnatal depression, I loved being organised with the materials and finding new things to try. It made me concentrate on the matter in hand rather than worrying if I was a terrible person for not liking my baby all that much!

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