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Postnatal Depression

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scousechic87 Fri 28-Feb-14 11:57:28

Hey all smile

Not sure if anyone can help/relate, but want to get this off my chest.... Had my baby girl 8 weeks ago, and she is great. Not a 'naughty' baby at all, and really easy to look after. We have bonded really well, and she is always well looked after - clean, fed etc. No issues whatsoever with caring for her, and I never, ever feel any aggression towards her. However, for the past few weeks, I have personally just not felt myself. I feel very anxious, bored, like I just can't be bothered. I put a massive brave face on- meet people almost every day, get out and about. Never just lie in bed all day or anything like that. However, I feel like it's just all a front (which is true really). I get annoyed about small things, feel really up and down, and physically don't feel good either. I have loads of niggly things wrong physically, and just generally feel really run down. I'm not sure if it's all the 'niggles' which are getting me down, or if this is a mild form of Postnatal Depression. I have a doctors appointment booked and I plan to tell them about my health concerns, as I'd like them to test my iron/vitamin levels etc, to see if there is some underlying cause to how I am feeling. I also want to tell them about how I feel emotionally, but don't want them to think I am a hypochondriac, going in there with all these issues... I guess I am also scared of being labelled as having Postnatal Depression, but the reality is that I haven't been able to 'snap out of it', and have felt bad now for weeks, I don't have any suicidal thoughts or anything like that, but I don't want things to spiral. My husband is great, but I don't think he quite 'gets' how I feel, and probably just thinks it's a phase, or just because I am tired or something. Does anybody out there have any similar feelings? Or had? I would really appreciate someone to talk to. I have told my other half how I feel, and also one friend who opened up about her depression, but in truth, I feel quite embarrassed to admit it to anyone.

Thank you.
x

cupcakemumma Sat 01-Mar-14 00:40:53

Hi,

First of all please don't feel embarrassed, we can all have times where we don't feel ourselves. See your GP and I'm sure having a chat will help. X

Suzyjane1 Sat 01-Mar-14 13:08:15

Hi there smile

Pls don't feel embarrassed. I've had PND with all three births. To varying degrees but was hospitalized for several weeks with my third child.

It does sound like a mild form but be assured that you are absolutely right to want to get help. If someone had a broken limb would they think twice about receiving treatment?

Sending hugs your way x

Suzyjane1 Sat 01-Mar-14 13:09:31

Btw I am now fully recovered. X

Suzyjane1 Sat 01-Mar-14 13:10:09

Btw I am now fully recovered. X

morchoxplz Sat 01-Mar-14 16:21:22

Firstly congratulations. Enjoy your daughter she will not be little for long.
You don't mention sleep. Am guessing with an 8 week old DD however good you are sleep deprived. I always think this is a massive factor in how we feel in the weeks and months after giving birth. You really do have to make allowances for this as it takes it's toll on you after a while. You can survive for a while but not for the medium-longer term.
Can you work a routine into your week where you get a catch up lie in or solid night. It might be all that it takes.
Of course see the GP to check out specific worries/symptoms.

Trooperslane Sat 01-Mar-14 16:30:31

Nothing to be embarrassed about - would you feel the same if you broke your leg?

Look after yourself. Me and DH have had episodes of vvvv tough baby blues but thankfully no pnd (so far).

Congrats on your wee bundle smile

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