Thanks for your messages and phone calls, which were like a (much needed) big warm hug. Once again, blogging makes me feel much less alone, especially when I read of others out there who have been feeling the same.
The doctors visit was very helpful. After talking to him I felt like a weight had been lifted, just a little. He had a few suggestions – stop taking the minipill, various creams and pills to help sort out issues with the lady business (you don’t need to know, but apparently it’s all very common for breastfeeding mothers to have these issues), and …… EXERCISE!
As I sat across from him with tears in my eyes, trying to be brave and hold it in, and insisting that I’m NOT depressed, I’m just a bit emotional! He said, well… you might be. He then talked a lot about the changes that new mum’s bodies go through, and their minds. I suggested that I could have someone to talk to (a shrink of sorts), he said, yes well, we could go down that route. But how about I try exercise first.
He said that I need to get moving every day. Put some effort into it, but don’t go crazy about it. If I feel out of breath and a little sweaty then I’m doing well. He said that it’s proven that exercise has long lasting positive effects for people experiencing mild depression.
It makes sense to me. And you know what? It surely can’t hurt!