Alex, Montréal QC (2/4)
"Being pregnant with my second child, mostly because of the rush of hormones that comes with it, helped tame the depression. At the time, I was also about to start a new job and it felt really good to have a sense of accomplishment. It is one thing to attend grad-school every day, like I did with my first, but to work in an environment in which you are recognized and feel competent is pretty amazing. Past the first trimester, my energy came back and I was euphoric. But I was still very afraid that the depression would come back when my second would be born, so this time… I didn’t talk to the same medical staff! Instead, I spoke to the nurse who was caring for me during my pregnancy. She is the one who gave me a bunch of flyers and resources, and made me aware of the red flags to make sure it wouldn’t come back. And it didn’t. I felt supported. She told me, 'If you’re not feeling well, you come directly to the clinic. Don’t call. Don’t wait. Come right away.'"