Post-Partum Depression: yes it’s real.

I suffered from and was diagnosed with Post-Partum Depression (PPD) shortly after Fit Boy was born. Many people question it’s validity which really and truly shocks me. Personally speaking, I think it’s tragic that people would rather believe you are a bad parent who doesn’t love your child than someone suffering from mental illness. But that’s strictly my experience talking, I could be mistaken.

One of the main reasons I started blogging in the first place was to put into words what was going on in my head and my day-to-day life as a way of coping. I’ve also written on several occasions on the benefits exercise, healthy eating and overall fitness had in helping me overcome my PPD. It really did save me.

As the weeks go by and I get closer to my February due date, PPD has been on my mind again. I’ve done well in keeping healthy and active through this pregnancy but I can’t help but wonder if it’s going to be enough. I don’t want to be surrounded by those dark clouds again but will I have a choice? After all, I will have 2 children to look after, will be even more sleep deprived and have a very limited support system around me to help out during those first weeks of adjusting to knew routines. I don’t want to approach it with a naive sense that because I overcame it once, I won’t have to deal with it again because there is a very real possibility that I might. I also don’t want to assume that I will show symptoms because I might not.

You can see how one can go a bit crazy running that same circle over and over and over again.

I suppose for now, all I can do is resolve to do the best I can and deal with what may come, when and if it comes.

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

5 Responses to Post-Partum Depression: yes it’s real.

  1. Oh my dear you speak my mind! I’m not even pregnant with number two, starting to come off the antidepressants (couldn’t quite overcome with just a change in lifestyle so went on the smallest dose you can get, literally cut the pills in half and take every second day) and I’m just terrified about what will I feel like when number two comes? We have not a stitch of family close by so we rely on friends (whom are lovely but busy with their own young families) and paid help (which we cant afford much of). My cyber world keeps me sane!!!!

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