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November 8th, 2009, 05:27 PM
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About two months ago I became a new mom to a premie. My baby was born at 30 weeks. After several weeks in the hospital NICU my baby came home. When my baby came home I felt overwhelmed at first but after the first week home I just assumed it was me being tired and then I felt fine. My husband has been so supportive and helpful but at times I just bite of his head when I know I shouldn't. Today I feel really blah and just sad for no reason. Occassionally I have days like this. I don't have thoughts of harming myself or my baby. I don't have trouble sleeping. Sometimes I just feel like crying and today I don't feel like holding my baby. For the most part I don't have many of these days but they do come and go. How do I know if this is post partum or just the exhaustion of being a new mom having a blah day?
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November 8th, 2009, 09:14 PM
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It is very likely a little of both. You are probably exhausted from having a newborn at home. Congratulations!! But the crying and not wanting to hold the baby sounds more on the PPD side to me. I would say you might want to keep an eye on it for now. It sounds like you are paying attention and aren't overly sad yet. It can get worse as the holidays approach. I always found exercise even just 15-20min a day to be helpful to get those good endorphins moving. Try the baby and me stuff too. Or a hobby that you enjoy like scrapbooking, or knitting. These things can cheer you up and help you cope. And of course we are all here if you need someone to talk to. Welcome to JM and the PPD board.

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November 10th, 2009, 12:25 AM
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Hi. I experience ppd after my NICU experience and did not have an inclination to harm my child either. Feel free to pm me anytime.
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