this is my first time posting so I'm a bit nervous! Lately I've been wondering if I have post natal depression. My baby is 4 months old and is one of the easiest babies. She sleeps from 11 pm until 8 am every night, feeds well and is able to entertain herself with toys and music if I have to have a few minutes to myself. Always happy and smiling! Despite this I find myself constantly on edge and sad. I'm angry all the time and the tiniest things irritate me. I'm constantly picking fights with my boyfriend and crying over the most irrelevant things. I get quite a bit of sleep but find myself constantly exhausted. I love my baby to bits but I find I'm happiest when she's sleeping. I don't feel excited towards anything anymore and I think that all I want is a night out but once I go out I miss my baby and want to go home. I feel like I'm a completely different person to who I was before I had a baby and I hate feeling this way and I hate acting this was to everyone around me but I just can't help myself. Could I have post natal depression?
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04-08-2014 14:06 #1Junior Member
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Post natal depression or normal motherhood stress?
04-08-2014 14:48 #2
Sorry to hear you're feeling this way. Yes, it could be PND. I strongly encourage you to go see your GP and discuss how you're feeling. They will probably get you to complete a questionnaire and might also do some other tests to check things like iron levels etc to rule out any physiological cause for your exhaustion & irritability.
If it does look like PND, you can get a mental health care plan from your GP that gives you access to a certain number of psychologist appointments.
I had a brilliant psych when I went through PND with DD and managed to avoid going on anti depressants. I had my second baby just over a week ago and am monitoring myself for any symptoms.
I can definitely relate to a lot of the things you have listed. I struggled to enjoy DD and was crying all the time for no particular reason. My DD was very unsettled & unwell for the first 3 months and I think that masked my depression for a while as it was a stressful situation for anyone.
Go see your Dr, it's not something you want to let fester under the surface.
04-08-2014 14:52 #3
I agree with Cue. Go and see your GP or Maternal Health Nurse.
It is normal to have ups and downs, to be a bit off balance emotionally for a while ... but what you are describing is a bit more than that, so getting some help is certainly going to be better for you and bubs.
08-08-2014 20:38 #4
OP - how are you going? Did you make an appointment with your GP?
11-08-2014 10:03 #5Junior Member
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Thankyou so much for the replies!! It felt so good getting advice without judgement, it made me feel so much better. I went and saw my GP and she said she suspects it may be my Implanon causing my erratic mood swings, as I don't really remember feeling like this before I had it put in when my daughter was 6 weeks old! Tbh I don't really remember much at all that far back due to the sleep deprivation! She suggested I get a non-hormone coil so that there are no added hormones affecting me. The pill is out of the question as I got pregnant on the pill. Even just talking to my GP and explaining how I felt was like a huge weight off my shoulders so I'm unsure as to how I will proceed with changing my birth control...I may try and stick it out for a couple more months and see if there is any improvement... I am already feeling a lot better compared to when I first posted this. Thankyou so much ladies, it's so great to be able to chat to other mums, it makes me feel less insane!
11-08-2014 10:11 #6
thats great that you saw your GP.
I have never had the implanon ... so I cant compare.
I have a mirena (hormonal IUD) and I have to agree - it certainly affected my emotional balance.
Definitely worth a try getting something else and seeing if that makes a difference.
If you are still feeling 'nt right' dont hesitate to go back though.
And we have a great section here on Postnatal Depression if you want to have a look around ... lots of people to chat to and help you through it.
(or even if you arent having issues with PND - its a great place to just chat about everything )
11-08-2014 11:16 #7
I agree with the hormonal thing. I had Mirena which is (I think) the same drug. I felt so awful while i had it in. I had it removed as an experiment to see if it was causing my mood swings, and I felt better that evening.
Could you have it taken out just to see? You can always have it put back in if it makes no difference.
11-08-2014 12:59 #8
So glad you went to your GP and that you're feeling better about things. Keep an eye on yourself and make sure you go back if you don't feel right. Given that you feel better just talking about it, maybe consider asking for a mental health care plan and seeing a good psychologist who specialises in post-natal mental health. Even if you don't have PND it can be helpful to talk to someone.
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