05 June 2009


Today Tara asked me if I was having any post-partum depression. I told her no. In fact, I think I'm having whatever the opposite of that happens to be. Post-partum elation, perhaps. I absolutely believe that PPD is a real thing that many women experience. But for me, the pure joy of not being pregnant is what fuels my PPE, if you will.

For the past two weeks, I have thought over and over of how much better I feel after eating certain foods that made me sick for weeks and weeks, how happy I am to be able to take a really deep breath, to roll over comfortably in bed, and not to have to visit the toilet 18 times a day. For some reason my messy house doesn't overwhelm me to tears like it did my entire pregnancy--I can only attribute this to actually being able to bend over comfortably to pick up clutter and put it away.

Even the regular labor and delivery recovery-related pains and discomfort, as well as the early pain of nursing that have been around since Henry arrived AND the exhaustion of waking up every 2-3 hours in the night haven't bothered me like the whole 9 months of pregnancy bothered me. Go figure.

I'm mostly writing this for all my pregnant friends (and there are many!) out there who are in every stage of gestation, feeling all levels of nausea, heartburn, insomnia, backaches, and anxiety. All I can say is hang on, and hopefully PPE is on its way to you very soon.


Brent & Kate Jefferies said...

Ah...thanks! I can't wait for PPE! Glad you're feeling well.

Emily said...

I'm interested to see how I feel this time around. Last time I LOVED being pregnant and had some PPD issues afterwards. This time, the pregnancy is a little harder and I'm more ready to be done. I really hope to have PPE this time instead, I bet that makes life a ton easier!!

Glad you're feeling great though, and really get to enjoy your little one!

Paul and Missy said...

I'm so excited for PPE!

Kristin said...

Thanks for the motivation to keep going. Sometimes it's hard to remember that I'll soon have a sweet little baby in my arms after all this work!

Jaclyn said...

That was a great post. I hope some PPE is in my future. Just one more thing to look forward to this fall. I am really glad to hear that you are feeling so much better, and I don't blame you!

Ilene said...

Why is it that I still tend to pause and think, "I can't bed over" when I see something on the floor?

Pregnancy habits never quite leave us.