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With both of my dds, I felt pretty bad. Right after they were born, all the symptoms lifted and I felt MUCH better, physically and emotionally. And I stayed that way. But, with ds I felt pretty good the whole time, and then crashed after he was born. I felt so much worse afterwards. I had no energy, and was exhuasted. We had a lot going on, and he was a very difficult baby, but...<br><br>
This time I feel really good again. Actually, I probably feel better this time than I did with him. I'm sleeping about 6 hours a night, some nights less, and feel great. Two nights ago, I was up until 2:30, and got up at 3, 6, and then for good at 7:15. Last night I went to bed around midnight, and got up at 7ish (kids gave me a bit of a break today!), and then had us all in the car ready to go by 8. I drove 2 hours, and we spent the day wandering around the touristy places of a nearby town. We didn't get home until 10 tonight, and I spent most of the day walking, and even needed to carry dd quite a bit. I feel great!<br><br>
All that to say...since I feel so much better this time, and crashed so bad after ds, I'm concerned how it wil be after the birth.<br><br>
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How long was the crash?<br><br>
I found days 4-10 to be really, really hard pp. Hormonally I was all over the map. I was exhausted, emotional, sad, had hot/cold flashes...it was a doozy of a time.
 

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Until dd was born...21 months.<br><br>
I know now that I probably had low blood pressure issues, and that I was totally and completely exhausted, both from the baby and from life. My dh was rather sick for several months and there was a lot of stress there. We had just finished a deployment that had been unexpectedly extended...and it was a tough deployment, too. I had an awful time being terribly dizzy, and horrible migraines, and ds screamed.<br><br>
I started feeling a bit better, and he started getting a bit easier around the time he turned one. And then I got pg with dd and felt awful again. So, when she was born and the yicky pg feeling lifted immediately, I felt great.<br><br>
But, I felt great my whole pg, and then awful after he was born. I don't if it was hormonal or not. Maybe, but there was so much going on, and things that were certainly physical in nature, I can't know for sure.<br><br>
I do know that I felt terrible, more physically than emotionally, and I don't want to go there again.<br><br>
I wonder if it was the contrast in how I felt while I was pg compared to afterwards, or if it was truly more? I don't know, but I do know that right after dd was born, minutes after she was born, I felt this cloud lift and I felt better. And I've stayed better.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Did you ever talk to your doctor about it? I got that after DS, turned out I had hypothyroidism. Really REALLY bad hypothyroidism some women develop it postpartum temporarily for a few months up to a couple years... mine lasted over a year after both kids so this time we know to send me to the endocrinologist as soon as Mae comes along.<br><br>
She also checked my iron levels and a few other things (I think 5 vials of blood in all that first time? lol) I was sort of shocked when she called me and told me... I had never even heard of postpartum thyroiditis before and had to actually look it up! Then, turns out, that hypothyroidism runs in my family (things they should tell me, you know?!)<br><br>
and thats a whole other rant... like I how I just found out THIS YEAR that women in my family on my moms side that live past 50 almost always develop diabetes.
 
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