Posts Tagged ‘postpartum depression’

Dads get depressed, too

Friday, May 21st, 2010

32439603_thb1About 1 out of every 8 women has postpartum depression after delivery. It is the most common complication among women who have just had a baby. Did you know that dad’s can experience it, too? While it’s true that she’s the one who gives birth, having a baby is a significant life changing event that can cause depression in men. New research indicates that up to ten percent of new dads experience postpartum depression, with the highest rates occurring in the three to six month range after baby arrives. These rates seem to be the highest among men who are stay at home dads and those whose partners are also experiencing postpartum depression. For more information, read our fact sheet, Postpartum Depression.

I’m NOT sexually dysfunctional. I’m just really tired.

Monday, April 5th, 2010

63323191_thbI don’t need medical treatment. I’m not depressed. There’s nothing wrong with me. I don’t need to be “fixed”. It’s just a stage we’re going through as a new family. What I do need is some time, some rest and a little understanding. I haven’t slept through the night in 424 days. I’m still nursing at night. I brush my teeth with a baby on my hip. I am preoccupied and my priorities have shifted. And, I don’t see this as a bad thing either. This is the most important role I’ve ever played. I still love my husband, but I’m distracted. It’s hard to relax and focus on him knowing that the baby might wake up any minute. It won’t always be this way. We’ll get it back.

Why do I bring this up? Read for yourself by clicking here and let me know what you think. I came across this article and I’m feeling a little defensive about the topic. I can only speak for myself, but medication? Come on. It’s only natural to abstain from sex after a baby is born. We need medicine for this? A co-worker (DGR…you’re too funny) suggested jokingly, “perhaps they should make a medication for him to reduce his urges and let his poor wife get some sleep.”  HA! What are your thoughts on this…and let’s keep it clean folks ; )

Depression after pregnancy

Monday, August 25th, 2008

You’ve gone through nine months of anticipation, long hours of labor and delivery and now you have a beautiful little baby.  So how come you feel so sad?  This is supposed to be a really happy time, so why are you feeling so down in the dumps? You’re not alone.  Many women experience the baby blues after the birth of a child.  It usually lasts just a few days to a week.  Researchers think it may be due to the rapid shift in a mother’s hormones after birth.  Some tips for coping include napping when the baby naps, asking family members and friends to pitch in, and connecting with the other new moms you met in childbirth classes or at the hospital.

While feeling the blues for a few days is normal, depression lasts longer and is more serious.  It can include fear, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, eating, making decisions or even coping.  Feelings of worthlessness may exist.  You may not even want to pick up your baby.  If this sounds like you or someone you know, you’re not alone and there is help available to get you back on your feet. Here is a link to a great site about depression during and after pregnancy that has been of tremendous help to lots of women.  It’s an excellent place to start getting answers and the help that’s needed.