Wow, it has been a while since an Honest Mamas post! We took the summer off to spend time with our family and friends and go on any planned vacations. This month the lovely Kacie from www.elementsofellis.com asked me and a few mamas to be part of this month’s Q&A. This one is an important one for me since we are talking about postpartum depression and postpartum life. Hope you enjoy reading my answers and make sure to read the other collaborating mama’s posts! Links are attached at the bottom 🙂
1. Did you deal with the baby blues or postpartum depression? If yes, how long did it last and how did you cope?
Yes, I have dealt with postpartum depression. When Atticus was 2 months old I broke down and was diagnosed with Postpartum OCD and Anxiety. I am still coping with it, but much better! Still go on monthly doctor visits and still on medication. I relapsed once around July, but I can say that this week I am back to my old self. Things I have done to make myself better are getting out of the house during the week, have lunch with friends, some therapy, sometimes exercise, travel and talk about it my PPD journey.
2. What are your must-have products for postpartum life? A belly band? Pads? Certain types of clothing?
For a few weeks after birth I rely on pads with witch hazel rounds. I had a really bad tear, so that helped with pain and healing. Flowy clothes, I couldn’t stand tight form-fitting clothes because they felt uncomfortable and I didn’t like myself in them.
3. What is one thing you wish you would have been more prepared for postpartum?
I should have gone back on medication, since I was on them during my second and part of third trimester. I should’ve read more about what postpartum depression looked like. I know what depression feels like, but didn’t know about other types under postpartum like OCD and Psychosis. As for my body, I really didn’t expect to have a third degree tear. I wasn’t prepared for that, but I guess is not something you can prepare for other than follow instructions about healing.
4. Share your favorite postpartum recipe…an easy meal, lactation cookies, etc.
I would say tacos and fajitas were the easiest recipes to make. Brown some ground beef and throw a taco seasoning packet. Or cook some chicken with onions a peppers with fajita seasoning. White rice and chicken was on the menu too. And of course take out and PB&Js!
5. What do you love about your postpartum body?
I feel I like my body more postpartum than before I was pregnant. I feel I am healthier than before and care more about taking care of myself so I am able to take care of my baby boy.
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Pictures by: Merè and Me Photography