I'm not sure if this is the right group to ask this, but I'm looking to see what your postpartum experience has been like. My LO is 7 months old and I am seeing a therapist due to some depression, but mostly anxiety and insomnia. I have always been sensitive to hormones (PMS, etc) but am now realizing just how much having a difficult pregnancy and an emergency birth has influenced my postpartum period. I was at risk for preterm labour, on bedrest for 3 months due to irritable uterus, and ended up having a placental abruption and a scary and emergency birth. All of this added to and increased my anxiety levels, and my partners, in general, and during my postpartum period.
In some ways I am so happy and thankful that everything turned out so well, and I am working hard to resolve my issues and challenge my thought processes but I truly wonder what other mom's experiences have been like. I was elated for at least 3 months after my daughter was born, so completely happy she was here safe and sound and so beautiful, but since about the 3 month mark I have been happy but struggling with severe exhaustion (and beyond the usual baby-sleep-deprivation-exhaustion as I have another child and know the deal), insomnia, mood swings and repeat cases of mastitis. Most days I don't feel like I have the energy to get up and get ready to go out of the house, sometimes I am downright anti-social, and yet when I do tend to get out I do seem to feel better. I probably only have 1 or 2 days a week that I feel energetic or good, though, and that is an approximation.
I am wondering: is this normal? What are you Mommas feeling like, and how are you coping? What are your energy levels like? And what do you find helps? Also: how do you deal with your lack of energy when it comes to your partner/significant other? i find i often feel badly because i am so tired and unable to do anything... i talk to him about it but i still worry about what my low energy levels are doing to our relationship.