New ACOG President focuses on PPD

Theres a new president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and he is making post partum depression his main focus.

I suffered from a bit of PPD after Elijah was born.  I didn’t find out the gender ahead of time, and I wasn’t prepared for how disappointed I was when I didn’t have a girl.  The disappointment wasn’t really the bad part, it was the guilt.  I felt so guilty that I could think, even for a second, that I would have rather had another baby.  A little girl.

There were probably other factors that contributed to my sadness after he was born.  Of course being a single mother is hard.  And going back to work was very hard on me as well.  Thank God for my supportive family, without them, things might have gotten very bad for me.

I saw a therapist for a while, and it helped.   I also supplemented with essential fatty acids and 5HTP.   Do you have any experience with PPD?


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2 Responses to New ACOG President focuses on PPD

  1. osolomama says:

    No experience with this (adoptive mom!) but I am so glad to see someone in the limelight taking this seriously. . .not to mention, glad that you and Elijah are good now. Great your family was there for you but think of all the unsupportive partners and spouses family members and single moms without family at all. Scary. Hope you’re well!

  2. jessimonster says:

    It amazes me every day, I talk to women who handle these issues all on their own. I don’t think I could have done it on my own. You are right, it is wonderful to see it taken seriously for once.

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