Our expert says:
Having children can be enormously exhausting, however much you love them, and however much of a splendid mom you are. Indeed, if you don't get exhausted sometimes, maybe you're not trying hard enough ! When you say "he isn't interested" I gather that the father of both girls is showing no interest in them ? That's disgraceful on his part, but, if he is this disinterested, no great loss to them. But make SURE you go to the maintenance court and have the court decide and enforce how much maintenance he must pay for the children's care and expenses until they are independent. Don't be to proud to do this, which will help him to realize and remember his responsibility to them and you. And the maintenance he pays should include some funds for babysitting, for the benefit of you all.
Being under stress, of course you get irritable at times an then feel bad about that.
Don't feel bad about "bothering" your family about baby-sitting. Its not, presumably, someting you'd want them to do for long periods every day, but shorter or less frequent periods would enable you to have some time for yourself and for relaxing. Thats one of the things a family is for.
I think the parenting forum should still be around, so hunt for it, as they may have many other useful tips, as may other readers here, perhaps tomorrow, too.
I agree that medication is not the best option. If you become significantly depressed ( Post Natal Depression is a genuine problem ) then it must be properly diagnosed and drug treatment would help you heal from it. But otherwise, I don't think medication is the best option.
Rest is probably the best treatment, however ingenious you need to be to get more of it. Tea is a mild stimulant that suits many peopple better than cofee. Vitamins contribute nothing unless your diet is poor or you are otherwise vitamin deficient, when ordinary supplements would be enough to help. Generally, diet changes don't make much difference.
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