Within the last week I've been feeling really down-and-out... on the brink of crying. I've teared up several times and even cried a little bit last night... it seems worse when I nurse my son. He's currently 5 months old.
My question is, does anyone think this could be due to a drastic hormone shift? I remember in the first three weeks post-partum, I would cry at the drop of a hat, even though I was very, very happy. My mom said it was because of hormone levels changing so quickly and drastically.
I've already ruled out several factors that might contribute to depression:
(1) Not relationship-based. I am in a wonderful, fantastic, couldn't-be-better marriage!!
(2) Not fatigue. My son has been sleeping through the night for a few months now and I'm well rested (for the most part
(3) Not apathy or couch-potato syndrome; I'm well nourished, well exercised, and back to pre-preg weight and fitness.
(4) Not breastfeeding related (near as I can figure) -- I LOVE nursing and my son is EBF, no sign of needing to introduce solids in the near future.
Could this be a sign that Aunt Flo is returning? (My son nurses 5x a day). I've had two separate days of bloat, irritability, and seeking chocolate/junk for comfort food, within the past two months. Took a pregnancy test because it's been so long without a period - nope. No period, consistent schedule, all is well!
So, why am I on the verge of sadness and crying? I feel crazy - I seriously have no complaints, I'm enjoying being a stay-at-home mom and I am more happy and satisfied than most people I know!
Please let me know if any of you have experienced anything like this, and if you think it's "just hormones" or some wacky delayed post-partum depression. I haven't felt this blue since before I got pregnant.