I was a total mess after my son was born. I was unable able to sleep and got maybe 7 hours total the first 2 weeks post-partum. I was completely wired with worry?? I stopped eating and the thought of food made me nauseated. I was crying a lot and very irritable. I wanted to run away and I resented my son/wanted nothing to do with him. I had intrusive thoughts of being scared I would "shake the baby" and getting in a car wreck. God, those "Never shake a baby" seemed like they were every where! I would have been hospitalized if this would have continued. My ob prescribed ambien and zoloft (did not take); I also stopped breastfeeding so I could sleep (don't hate!). Inadequate sleep causes complete ruin of my mood and I am so mean the next day.
I know the drastic change in hormones triggered much of my mood problems. Yet, I am curious if anyone with mood problems had a birth with and without an epidural. Did you see a difference in terms of your mood afterward? I had demerol once and had an epidural for 2.5 hours with the birth of my son. I know antidepressants, alcohol, caffeine and narcotics (like Vicodin) make me jittery then depressed. I plan to have a doula next time and go to an alternative birth center. I'm scared this will happen again. I really want to breastfeed my next child but know maintaining my mental health is vital.
Anyone relate to my story?
Edited by Tricks4Kids - 6/13/13 at 5:13am