I support women, who want to be mothers, deal with all the stress and anxiety related to pregnancy, high-risk pregnancies, traumatic births, and postpartum depression, one step at a time. You’ve worked so hard to have a baby and its difficult to imagine everything isn’t going to be sunshine and roses!
Pregnancy, Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
Did you know that Maternal Mental Health Disorders are the most common complication of childbirth?
You’re pregnant. Your baby is here. And you’re not sure why you are so anxious or sad or depressed, or why you’re having those really scary thoughts. You wonder, isn’t this supposed to be IT, the happiest time of my life? This is what I wanted, right?
1 in 7 women will develop a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder during pregnancy or within 12 months of giving birth.
Postpartum depression is one of many Maternal Mental Health Disorders or Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), including Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum Traumatic Stress Disorder, Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Postpartum Psychosis.
It’s common to wonder, “why me?”, What did I do wrong?”. You did nothing wrong. PMADs are extremely common; 15-20% of new moms will develop a Postpartum Mood or Anxiety Disorder. There are many risk factors for developing one, some biological (nature) and others are environmental (nurture).
While many women may feel depressed after having a baby, the most common symptoms that women will feel are anxiety and sense of being overwhelmed. Too many women don’t reach out for help because they assume that since they aren’t depressed, they must not have PPD. Other symptoms of PPD and other Perinatal Mood Disorders include:
- Feelings of helplessness and/or hopelessness
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns
- Isolation and withdrawal from community and loved ones
- Frequent feelings of “I can’t do this”
- Not feeling like yourself
- Intrusive thoughts, images, fears of harm coming to your baby that you can not stop and that you know are wrong
- Irritability, impatience, rage
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty attaching and bonding to your baby
- In the most serious cases, seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not really there and/ or beliefs that are not based in reality
*Some women only experience a few symptoms
No matter what symptoms you are experiencing they are treatable with professional help. I will support you and teach you ways to manage the uncomfortable emotions and worry. We will work together to help you relax and enjoy being with your baby. The specialized training from Karen Kleiman’s Postpartum Stress Stress Center and Postpartum Support International guide the support offered to perinatal and postpartum parents.