- Posted May 8, 2010 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Dealing with postpartum depression
ppd three children later
January 15, 2009, one of the happiest days of my life. They day my 1st son was born. I remember sitting in the hospital room feeling odd. I couldn't concentrate on anything. I know now it was the 1st symptoms of my PPD. It was followed by no appetite, sleeplessness, anxiety, hopelssnes, and endless crying. Weeks 4 - 16 were the hardest. It took at least 16 weeks to get on a medicine that worked form me. By this time, I was in the grips of a major depression. It took over 18 months to begin feeling like myself again. I beleive my son suffered as well. He is a great kid and he loves me very much. He however has trouble making eye contact and is the least social of my 3 boys. I was terrified to have more children. I couldn't possibly endure another round of PPD. Three months into my 2nd pregancy, depression hit. I was terrified. It hit harder and faster than it did with my 1st son. I didn't want to take anti-depressants during preganancy but my Dr. said it was ok. I began anti-depressants and was back to myself in no time. I delivered a perfectly healthy baby boy and had no depression symptoms after his birth. Child #3, depression hit at week 6 of pregancy. Anti-depressants prescribed and I delivered another healthy baby boy and experienced no PPD. PPD is terrifying but is very treatable.