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August, 2013

28 Aug 13

Pregnancy, Antidepressants & Guilt

Sertraline,Fluoxetine,Peroxetine, Angeline? I see a song forming here  … What was your choice? Mine was fluoxetine which I had been on during the first episode of PND which really helped calm me down and help me to slow down my thoughts but during my pregnancy I was changed to a new drug called Sertraline and it helped. There is a lot of bad press when it comes to taking anti depressants whilst pregnant but as I learned, the risks are very much few and far between and if there are some side effects, they can be dealt with IF they happen and that includes any issues with the heart.. I had to weigh it up in my mind as to what was more detrimental.. my mental health declining rapidly and having an effect on my daughter and relationship with my husband..or dealing with a new born with possible withdrawal symptoms […]

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26 Aug 13

Postnatal depression – the truth

      Waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, your back tense due to anxiety and stress, you have this overwhelming fear that this is how you are going to be for the rest if your life … the tears come , the hopelessness,  the anger and the question of “why me?” the self loathing because why not you? People go through tragedy every day, some people are unable to have children and you have been blessed with two perfectly healthy babies. Stop being so selfish, get on with it pull up your socks and stop feeling sorry for yourself! These are thoughts that I once had, every day. Sleep was an escape, anger was my friend and thoughts were my enemy. I felt for sure that I would not go through PND again because I KNEW who to speak to , what to […]

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About Coping with postnatal depression…

Hi, my name is Angeline and I am mum to two kids, ages 6 months and 6 yrs. I had postnatal depression with both kids and prenatal depression with one. I have decided to write about my experience in order to help break stigmas relating to perinatal mental health, and actively campaign to see changes to services available for both men and women.

I am open and honest about my experience and, although it was a very dark time in my life, I want people to know that you can overcome this and there is light on those dark days.