Michelle Duggar is the mother of 19 children. On her family’s TLC reality shows, 19 Children and counting and Counting on, she always looks calm and immobile. But being a mother wasn’t always easy, and Michelle has admitted that she sometimes felt overwhelmed. She has even suggested that she may have had postpartum depression after the birth of one of her children.
Michelle Duggar felt ‘clouds hanging over me’ after the birth of one of her children
The mother of 19 did not say exactly when she experienced PPD, but it appears to have been after the birth of one of her older children.
“I wasn’t used to getting to sleep at night, and I wasn’t used to crying baby when I wanted to lie down and take a nap,” she wrote. “It drains you physically and emotionally. Getting enough nutrition is also a challenge. All of these factors can play a part. “
Michelle decided that she turned to practical solutions, such as listening to “happy” music and drinking tea, to combat her blues. She was also dependent on her religion.
“As a Christian, I know that when I was struggling that way, I wanted to turn my heart in the right direction – not to focus on negative feelings or emotions – but really my heart turned to God, ”she wrote. “Of course, I tried to get some sleep. But that didn’t always happen (laughs). You do what you can. I would drink tea during the day to try to stay awake because I had to take care of my kids. ”
Postpartum baby blues are common for new moms
Michelle’s feelings of depression after the birth of one of her children are not uncommon. Many new moms experience ‘postpartum’ baby blues’ after childbirth, “notes the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms can include mood swings, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. Symptoms usually go away within two weeks of giving birth. But in some women, they may last longer or be harder. Very rarely, women may develop a condition called postpartum psychosis.
The Mayo Clinic urges anyone with “baby blues” or symptoms of postpartum depression to talk to their doctor, especially if they last longer than two weeks, making it difficult to care for the child. or include thoughts of harming yourself or your child.
How to get help: In the US and Canada, text the Emergency text line at 741741 to reach an emergency counselor for assistance.
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