Inside: Christian moms get postpartum depression. Trust that God will refine you and grow you through this to be the women He wants you to be.
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Today I’m sharing at Surviving Toddlerhood with Rebekah. She is a new friend, but her site is jam-packed with helpful information if you have little ones at home. I wish I had had access to all the helpful tips and advice she gives on her site!
The shades were pulled down and the only light in the room was that of a small bedside lamp. The blankets and sheets on the bed looked like someone had gotten hastily up from the bed. Next to the bed was a small upholstered chair holding a lady with a mangled mess of hair, she was grasping her knees and cryings.
What was supposed to be a joyous time became neverending hours of pain and suffering. As she looked over into the blankets, a small almost invisible smile escaped, a new baby slept. She looked away quickly as the tears began to flow down her face.
Have you ever found yourself in this kind of suffering? If you haven’t, I hope you never experience these feelings.
It’s common for women to experience the “baby blues” — feeling stressed, sad, anxious, lonely, tired or weepy — following their baby’s birth. But some women, up to 1 in 7, experience a much more serious mood disorder — postpartum depression. ~American Psychological Association.
When Your Expectations Aren’t Reality
My fifth birth was different from what I envisioned. I had been through this four other times that I had a firm grasp on what to expect. Therefore, I’d have the baby and enjoy a few days from my responsibilities and then re-join my role as mother to five kids.
The birth went perfect, but the days following the delivery, I ran into one hard thing after another.
My tailbone was injured during the delivery so all positions were painful. Breastfeeding was horrible and I soon had sores and bleeding nipples. The baby wasn’t voiding at all, so that one night, mastitis hit me hard.
Five days after baby Ethan’s birth, he had to have a frenotomy to cut his tight lip and tongue tie. Thankfully, over the next few days, he began to feed normally. However, I was still experiencing problems with my own body.
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