I have wanted to write about this for a while since some of my sweet friends have just gone through this. oh it is so hard, especially when you want to just enjoy your baby.
I have gone through postpartum depression almost every time I have had my sweet boys as well as peripartum depression during my pregnancies, but not all the same degree.
I didn't know what they were, in fact I only knew of postpartum because of my sweet mom 16 years ago who talked to me about it. But peripartum- nope. I just knew I also experiences great depression during my pregnancies. My pregnancies have always been very difficult, but I'd take the IV treatments, being sick all 9 months, and other complications I have had to endure over the difficulty of the depression. That is to me the harder than any physical ailment I have had. And it is so misunderstood and stigmatized.
So please know, if you struggle with one or both of these things- you are NOT alone. And it is very difficult and very real. And there is help.
I just read about a sweet mother named Emily who also experiences this. My own postpartum experience is in my own story on this blog. Emily's is found below:
My prayers are with you my friends.