Post-partum hormonal swings and longer-lasting depression are arguably the most taboo topics concerning pregnancy. Discussing both is becoming more and more accepted every day, but these topics are often still kept quiet or talked about in secrecy.
The fact is, both experiences are very real and can be very scary and disturbing for women who experience them to any degree. We at The Twin Source feel it is better to arm new mommies with knowledge in hopes of helping in any way possible. We also want to let you know you’re not alone.
If you are feeling “off” in your early days of twin motherhood, as Twin Mom Carrie was, talk to your partner about what you are feeling. In fact, you should probably talk to your partner about the possibility of these things occurring before your babies are even born. Taking a proactive approach and lining up support in advance will mostly likely give you a bit of comfort.
There are many great resources at your disposal:
- Talk to your pediatrician during those early appointments about how you are doing, and follow up with your doctor as well.
- Take a moment to read about post-partum depression so that you are aware of the symptoms. There is a good overview in the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Encyclopedia (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004481/).
- Check out the website of Postpartum Support International (www.postpartum.net), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness, prevention, and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.
Remember, you are going to be the most exhausted you have ever been in your life, you are not going to know day from night for weeks, and your body will be healing while at the same time trying to provide for your twins. It’s overwhelming, so prepare yourself psychologically for it. Know your limits, ask for help, and verbalize your feelings.
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