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Hi all. First time posting here. Just wondering if there is anyone else out there somehow managing these goofy combination of symptoms. I'm currently pregnant with my second. Hormones seem to throw off my sleep rhythms causing me to wake up several times through out the night. It makes raising my 16mo old energetic daughter difficult. I would just deal with this first trimester fun if I knew this was the end.
While breastfeeding my daughter I also had issues on handling sleep deprivation and ADD. If I was just fatigue, it would be one thing but there's a struggle in effectively completing tasks, feeling motivated, mood change, irritability... etc. It just seems like other people who don't have ADD handle sleep deprivation much better than me.
I'm interested to know if there is something I can do or take to help combat this in my next Baby's few months of life. I want to continue to be a good mother to my daughter, respectable to my husband and just overall happier on minimal sleep.
I feel for you. I do not have children but I do have issues with hormones and I have had issues with sleep. Have you talked to your doctor about your issues?

There are non-addictive sleep medicines out there. I take Sonata. I do not know if any are safe if a person is pregnant. I wonder if Melatonin would be helpful and not cause issues for your baby. It is a natural sleep aid. When I took it years ago, you could only get it in health/vitamin stores but it is available at most stores now. I found that the liquid and the sublingal tablets worked best. Again, I would consult your doctor before taking this even though it is a natural supplement.

Before trying medication for ADHD about 10-12 years ago, I did try behavioral therapy. It did help me function in the "normal world" to some degree. A behavior or cognitive behavioral therapist would be who you would need to see.

I really struggled the past few months with what I thought was my ADHD getting worse. In fact it was a hormonal issue. Unfortunately the fix for me, will not help you. I would encourage you to seek support from those around you. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. My meds do not work 100% and certainly do not work all day. I have a friend who I ask for help when I am struggling with my ADHD symptoms. I ask her to help me stay on task and encourage me to get started on things I am putting off. If you do not have a good support system sometimes venting in a forum such as this can be helpful.

I am not sure if I have offered anything helpful. Hang in there.
Thanks so much for responding and sharing your story! It is just helpful to talk to someone who struggles with both ADD and hormones. I do not know anyone else who is in the same boat so it's difficult to explain my frustrations. I've been on Strattera in the past but I'm unable to take anything while nursing or pregnant. Overall-(with the exception of coping with sleep deprivation)- being non medicated hasn't been too much of a struggle.
After having my first child, my hormones were so out of wack, that paired with lack of sleep...I was a HOT MESS! I didn't like who I was to my hubby or mother and concerned this will happen again. It almost feels like an out of body experience.
I'll look into local behavioral/cognitive therapists since meds are not an option. My OBGYN and GP are not helpful. They immediately want to treat me with post partum depression. I really don't think that's what it was.
I've also considered seeing what a holistic doc can do but think tgeyll want to try herbs/supplements (and I don't think I can take those either while nursing.
Again....Thanks so much for your help. :)
Sleep deprivation alone can make life difficult. I do not function well when I am sleep deprived. ADd to that hormones and ADHD and life can be rough. It sounds like you have a good plan. I am a believer in holistic approaches. I deal with some of my hormone issues with supplements.
Really? Good to know! What supplements? IF u don't mind me asking

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