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Thread: could this be delayed post-partum sadness at 5 months?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009

    Default could this be delayed post-partum sadness at 5 months?

    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.

    Thanks ladies!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2008

    Default Re: could this be delayed post-partum sadness at 5 months?

    It could be a sign of AF. The only reason I say this is because what you described is exactly how I felt the few weeks before my period came. I thought I was going nuts! I usually don't have PMS type symptoms, but they were HORRIBLE this time around.

    I don't really know much about delayed PPD though, so I hope you get some more responses with some more information.

    Hang in there!

    Mama to
    DS1 (14 years old...nursed for 7 months - how I wish this forum had been around back then!)
    DS2 (6 years old...nursed for over 2 years)
    DS3 (our newest addition in May 2015!)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008

    Default Re: could this be delayed post-partum sadness at 5 months?

    I don't know much about PPD, but I feel this way every once on a while. Like things on TV will make me just CRY...(like the movie Speed??????? ) or when my husband is at work and I miss him so I just start and can't stop crying.

    For me I think it is just a little hormone shift sometimes...because like you said, I am the happiest person in the world right now...just weepy sometimes.

    I got AF back 6 weeks PP so I was still pretty much caught up in the thick of recovery and what not so I don't know much about getting it back later on...

    I'm Hillary
    Wife to Gualberto
    Mom to Nolan
    Born at 32 weeks-3lbs/10oz
    Our precious early angel

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008

    Default Re: could this be delayed post-partum sadness at 5 months?

    Aunt Flow came back when DD was 7 months and WOW! I was a mess Crying, angry, and very very snappy It was the worst PMS I have ever had

    It sounds like she could be knocking at your door
    Proud mama to Haydon-6 years old and Lillie-1 year old!

    , and she is walking

    We made it a year

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