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Hi my name is Erin, I am 26 years old and I had my daughter, Isabela, on September 25th. I have a 16 month old son, Leonard, as well. I am a new SAHM and was finding the adjustment to staying home very overwhelming. I was having a really hard time so I went to my dr on Friday and they told me I have PPD. I am currently on Lexapro and that seems to be working nicely so far. I dont really know how long its supposed to take to kick in but I am already feeling better and less overwhelmed.
Hoping to be able to connect with other PPD moms on here. I hope everyone is having a good day
I have an appt to see the doctor next week about possible PPD. However, they impression I got from her is that if I had PPD it would not be two months out. I had my son at the beginning of Sept. I am struggling with trying to figure out if I have PPD or just feeling like a new mom. I don't have thoughts of hurting myself or baby but I find myself feeling so overwhelmed sometimes and tired. I have a lot of anxiety about going back to work. Sometimes I don't feel like holding my baby but then I think it might just be because I am tired and just want a break. Little things set me off since my baby has come home but I am prone to this when I am tired. I was looking to reach out as well. I am curious what does the medication do? Does it make you feel like your old self? Does it make you feel happy? Does it take a while to kick in?
I dont think it would be correct to assume that you cant have PPD two months post partum. There are a lot of hormone fluctations after childbirth and combined with being a new mom, it can be overwhelming.
PPD should really be taken seriously so I would encourage you to talk about it further with your doctor. It is not something where you will need to be on medication forever, but just a few months while everything balances out. The way the nurse explained it was that my seratonin was having to work extra overtime to deal with all the changes i was going through in addition to handling the hormone craziness.
The medication I am on apparently helps get your seratonin levels normal again. I actually feel better than I have in a long time. With two pregnancies so close together I dont think I ever really got back to normal. Ive been on it for four days and I definitely feel better. I dont anticipate that I will be on medication for a very long time but boy it sure does help. I hope everything turns out well for you and that you get the help you need. KUP!
Welcome to the board. I am sorry you are having to go through this while adjusting to a new baby. It can happen anytime two months, one year, sometimes you just don't know it for a bit. A lot of people will chalk it up to just being a new mom. But its more than that. I am glad the medication is helping. I am sorry I didn't get on here and post sooner, JM was being slow .
Hi!I'm Kim and I am 38 with a 20 year old and a 20 month old.
I started taking Lexapro last month.
I believe I had/have PPD and also my husband deployed in May of this year .
I am feeling much better since being on the meds.