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Renée is turning 3 months old tomorrow and I thought it would be a good time to update you on my postpartum status. 

Avoided Postpartum Depression

I have had postpartum depression with my other two children, and I managed to escape it this time around! Barely though, it was a close call and I wouldn't say I'm 100% in the clear but my chances of it not appearing in the future are pretty slim if I maintain my current health regime.

Here's how I did it: 

  1. I made sure that my living situation had enough light. Seasonal depression is a result of not enough sunlight, however, you can sort of counteract that by simply having more windows in general feeling like you're outside. 
  2. I got the low down on supplements beforehand that could help, for me this was L-Theanine and Lavender Capsules. There's also 5-HTP which is available if you're not breastfeeding. 
  3.  Vitamin D, I routinely took this during pregnancy and right after, I think this helped tremendously. 
  4. Talking about my feelings. I made sure that my husband knew how I was feeling and he knew to check in with me routinely. We've made it clear to each other to be open, so I'm not allowed to say "I'm fine." I have to be open and honest. Accountability really helps in this aspect. I'm thankful that he helps me with this. 
  5. Eating healthy, healthy fats, no sugar (consuming sugar can lead to emotional highs and lows, not good for depression) or high carbs. 
  6. Journalling. 

Focused on my new role as mom of 3

It was definitely hard to not get lost under the housework and laundry once my parents left, but I learned quickly that I cared more about spending time with my precious sweet baby than I was of mopping and sweeping floors. The floors don't have feelings but holding my baby is imperative to who she is and has long-lasting effects when she gets older. 

Focusing on my role as mother also helped me navigate my 70lb weight gain and how I saw my body. It was easy to think I was broken and ugly but I simply made the decision to not allow negative thoughts into my head regarding my body. The weight will come off in due time as long as my eating stays on track. The eating helps me avoid depression too. 

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Saw a holistic Doctor

This is probably the biggest factor that has helped me avoid postpartum depression. I saw a doctor who did a full comprehensive test(s) on me and found out I have many problems that have in the past contributed to my depression. 

  • I have an underactive thyroid
  • I have adrenal issues (this is a big one that makes people feel down)
  • I am prediabetic (I won't lose weight until this goes away, that and getting the thyroid fixed)

I'm sure there are others that I will learn about at my follow up in 3 weeks. In the meantime, these are HUGE problems that I would have never been able to resolve on my own. Had I not even looked into this I could have developed postpartum depression later on, even a year postpartum. It is super important to look out for one's health. 

I started on supplements immediately and even my husband has noticed a HUGE difference in me. I have the energy to clean the house, go on walks and play with my children. These are things I wasn't able to do before at regular intervals. This has also helped avoid the postpartum depression because I don't feel as broken. 

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Celebrating my postpartum journey

and where I am in this life of mine, I had the opportunity to have some mother-daughter photos taken last night! 

Sure, my tummy is still round, I have another 60 pounds to lose, but I am NOT going to let that stop me from living my life with my sweet chunky baby girl. She lights up my life and I could not be happier. 

Thanks to Paige Casava who owns Duke and Darling Photography for capturing these (they are edited by me). I will forever cherish these photos. 

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Tell me, how are you navigating or plannig to navigate your postpartum time? What do you struggle with the most postpartum? Drop a comment below!