Originally Posted by MaybeJ
We're still hanging in here. Naomi is 13 days old today...will be 2 weeks old tomorrow already! Sleep and me have not been meeting often enough, unfortunately. I think it more sleep would do wonders to help me get through the "blues". I have a referral from my midwife to call for a post partum mental health evaluation which I'm going to follow up on. They may get me involved in some mom and baby post partum groups which I feel could be beneficial. I also feel like I haven't been eating enough (fatigue and disinterest in food) and have lost 20 pounds already and feel a little weak. It's Thanksgiving here in Canada this weekend though, so I hope to be fed lots of yummy food from both the in laws and my family.
to you! I know exactly
how you feel - I'm wrestling with the blues, too - suffering from nowhere near enough sleep (baby likes to nurse every 1.5 to 2 hours throughout the night), reduced appetite, etc. I'm gradually starting to feel better - less run down, more optimistic - but I still feel overwhelmed at times. I think that getting involved in some 'mom and me' type groups would be a really good thing - I'm looking to do the same. It's amazing how much better you feel when you have other people to talk to and empathize with! It can be a lonely feeling, this whole 'blues' business.
Regarding the weight loss: I too have lost about 20lbs since the birth, (2 weeks ago now) and I only have another 8 to go before I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I suppose I should be happy about this, but I'm honestly not - it's too much, too soon, imo. Plus I'm breastfeeding and I really need the calories. I'm trying to increase the amount that I eat; and at the moment I'm just kind of stuffing it in there regardless of whether I'm hungry or not, lol. Certain things are easier to eat, I'm finding - smoothies are a life saver for me right now. A couple of bananas, some frozen fruit or milk... blend it all up and chug it down. It doesn't feel like 'food', so you don't have to be 'hungry' to eat it, if that makes any sense. But it's very nutritious and filling. I'm also eating lots of soups - chicken noodle, that kind of thing - for the protein.
Regarding the sleep issue: I am not a 'natural' napper, and am slowly learning to nap in the daytime when I can. Is there a particular reason that you can't nap during the day? Not enough time, or are you just finding it too difficult to relax? For the first few days, I found it almost impossible to relax enough to sleep at all. I really have to force myself to lie down and clear my brain a bit and let sleep take over for a while. Even just 10 or 15 minutes helps. If you can, try to at least give yourself that time a couple of times each day - you may find that as you slowly start to feel better in general, the naps just 'happen'. But in the interim, at least you are resting.
Hang in there - it will get better, I promise. I am well versed in the 'blues' in general (not just the baby blues!), and as the saying goes: this too shall pass. It really will.