The week before Christmas was one of the hardest weeks I’ve endured with the wily Seabass. He was fussy, often frantically so, and generally dissatisfied with every shred of his existence. The torrential downpours didn’t help. Oh the weather outside was frightful, but indoors it was HELL UNLEASHED. Trapped in a 900-square foot house with an ill-tempered Seabass, I resorted to racking my brain for any obscure errand I might run just to get out. Finally, the magic hour arrived and Jake was home for 10 whole glorious days.
And I exhaled.
But before falling into the support and blissful contentment that my dear husband brought home with him, I vowed to devise a full complement of ways to keep me and Seabass happier in the months to come. So, each day this week, I’ll share something new I’m trying to squeeze a little more satisfaction out of motherhood. Maybe these ideas will work, maybe they won’t. I hope you’ll come along and see.
Today: B Vitamins.
My mom is a big believer in vitamins and herbs. I’ve often shared some emotional or physical struggle with her that ellicits a suggestion to take one specific vitamin or other. Occasionally I’ve followed her advice, buying a bottle of St. John’s Wort or Evening Primrose Oil or even a simple women’s multivitamin. Inevitably, though, I’ve taken a week’s worth, then let it sit on the kitchen counter for a few months before stowing it away in the medicine cabinet, never to see it again.
But when I hit the brick wall of postpartum depression, a friend told me about how B vitamins helped her stay sane after she transitioned off of anti-depressants. I didn’t know the first thing about Vitamin B, other than the fact that it lies somewhere between Vitamins A and C. So I did some research.
The simplest, most comprehensive explanation of B Vitamin benefits I found says that taking a daily supplement that includes all 11 of the B Vitamins can:
- Ease stress – yup, got that
- Treat anxiety and depression – yup got that too
- Aid memory – what memory?
- Relieve PMS – no comment
- Reduce heart-disease risk – yup, runs in the family
So I checked with my lactation consultant to ensure that a B Complex wouldn’t cause any problems with nursing Seabass. Then I called my pharmacist to see if it would interfere with my anti-depressants. Once the coast was clear, I bought a simple B Complex from Trader Joe’s that I’ve been taking every morning with my giant bowl of cereal. To be honest, I have no idea if it’s working yet. But I like that I’m doing something good for myself, and I’m committed to seeing it through for at least the next few months. Because how can you tell if something’s working unless you give it a real go?