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July 22nd, 2014, 08:06 PM
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I hate to call what I'm experiencing Post Partum depression, because that's not it.. I'm not depressed. I have slept maybe 5 or 6 hours total since I had Eric and it's not for lack of opportunity, his sleep schedule is good today and I've had plenty of opportunity, but when I lay down I can't relax.

I'll start to fall asleep and then jolt awake thinking of something else or thinking I heard him cry, even when my husband is the one "on duty" and I know I can sleep as much as I want. It wont happen. I had a fall blown panic attack a few hours ago that I almost just went to the ER for. Now, just hours later, I feel fine and dandy and perfect. It's nuts.

I'm going to be calling the OB in the morning about it. Anyone experienced this before?
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July 22nd, 2014, 08:43 PM
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Never experienced it but I know my MW has definitely pushed gravol if you need a little help falling asleep while DH is on duty
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July 22nd, 2014, 10:12 PM
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Sometimes depression masks as anxiety. It def does for me.

After my first DD I could not sleep with her in the same room. I would hear every noise or think I heard her crying/grunting, etc. and check on her every few minutes. That was even when exH was on duty to take care of her. The anxiety was the kind that caused numbness, tingling, sweating, etc. I also had some depression with crying, feeling like a failure because breastfeeding didn't work. (Jaundice with at home bili-blanket and latching issues and had to supplement formula) I called my OB and went on medication.

I started medication a few hours after Penelope was born to avoid having post partum anxiety and depression. So far, it's worked.

I hope your OB is able to help. You def need to get some relief.
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July 22nd, 2014, 10:13 PM
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I had my little girl 5 days ago and ive been extremely anxious since. A shadow outside my window set me off. Dreams send me into a panic. My husband reminded me i havent been taking my vitamins but im thinking this is a bit more. I plan on asking the doctor about it but im figuring its just hormonal upheaval from having a baby. Especially suddenly and rather unexpectedly.
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July 23rd, 2014, 02:51 AM
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I was told that not being able to sleep is a sign of ppd - definitely talk to the doctor! You have got to be able to get some rest.
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July 23rd, 2014, 07:14 AM
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I hope it gets worked out for you soon ♥ ♥

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July 23rd, 2014, 08:59 AM
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Well last night I actually slept about 6 hours all together with some help from DH, we talked out a bunch of stuff and I'm feeling a lot better. Definitely going to keep an eye on it.
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July 23rd, 2014, 09:31 AM
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Hugs VallyD. Sending you lots of feel good vibes!

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July 23rd, 2014, 09:42 PM
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I'm feeling the same things and not quite sure how to vocalize it all - definitely sympathizing and going to talk more with my fiance!
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