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Coping with Disappointment: Pregnancy During COVID-19

Pregnancy is a time of expectation typically filled with celebration and joy as you eagerly await your little one’s arrival. Throughout your pregnancy, there are milestones you anticipate and look forward to: the first time you hear your baby’s heartbeat, seeing that tiny little face on an ultrasound, a gender reveal party, a baby shower surrounded by friends and family, and the first time you get to finally hold your new baby in your arms. Throughout these special moments, you look forward to sharing them with your partner or spouse, other children, friends, and family members. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has completely changed and shattered the expectations many women have had about their pregnancies due to concerns over the risk of exposure to the virus. I found out I...

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Understanding Birth Trauma

Birth trauma is real. Learn how you can find healing after a traumatic birth. If you’d describe your childbirth as “traumatic,” you’re not alone. One study reported 50% of new mothers claimed they have birth trauma. And many women deal with intrusive thoughts, nightmares, depression, and irritability in the weeks and months after giving birth. Birth trauma can be isolating. You may find it difficult to process your experience. It’s possible that you are guilty or ashamed to feel fear or sadness following the birth your baby when you expected to feel joy and excitement. You may feel detached from others and struggle to bond with your new baby. ...

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Perinatal Anxiety: How To Manage Antepartum and Postpartum Anxiety

Life transitions can be stressful for anyone, and becoming pregnant and having a baby are some of the most major changes some women experience in their lifetime. From the physical changes your body goes through to the transformation of your life after birth, it can feel impossible to find your bearings when everything in your life (and your body) is constantly shifting. As you prepare for these life-altering experiences, your anxiety is likely to reach its peak. Perinatal anxiety refers to disruptive, excess anxiety in women during pregnancy and up to one year after birth. This can include antepartum anxiety, which occurs during pregnancy, and postpartum anxiety, which begins after childbirth. Some level of anxiousness and anticipation during these major life events is normal. However, perinatal...

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Five Ways to Break The Cycle of Parental Anxiety

We are our children's first and most important models. We may never be able to break the genetic predisposition of anxiety in some children, but what we can do is help provide a supportive environment and parent in a way that our kids learn how to recognize and handle their anxiety. We can equip them with tools they need to be resilient. Here are several ways to do just that. 1) Use Your Environment While biology sets some limits on your child's response, remember that they are still very much a product of the environment. What you do every day matters more than what your mother did when you were young. There are five main things parents can do to help children thrive! Talk in an age-appropriate...

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Becoming a Mother: What These Psychiatrists Want You To Know

Whether you’ve recently found out you’re pregnant or are already holding your infant in your arms, becoming a mother can be a roller coaster ride. While being a new mom comes with its share of joy and excitement, it can be difficult to admit that many moments are frustrating and downright exhausting. The important thing to remember is that every mother’s journey is unique. You may have been planning to join the motherhood club for months, or your pregnancy could have taken you completely by surprise at a less-than-ideal time. You’re allowed to feel stressed and have difficulties adjusting to this new stage of your life — and it’s okay to ask for help. While it may seem like you never have a moment to yourself anymore,...

Postpartum Therapy: How Do You Thrive After Having a Baby?

Postpartum Therapy: How Do You Thrive After Having a Baby?

Pregnancy and birth are both times of rapid transition, and the days and months after having a baby can come with a wide range of emotions. While your little one may bring a lot of excitement and love, it’s also normal to feel stressed with your new role and responsibilities. Hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, and physical changes to your body can make you feel like a shell of your former self. And with so much of your time and energy pouring into taking care of your baby, it can feel nearly impossible to find a moment to take of yourself. If you’re having difficulties following the birth of your baby, postpartum therapy can help. Online counseling for women meets you where you’re at and makes receiving...