Pregnancy May Not Feel as Awesome as You Were Hoping!
Pregnancy, for many is an exciting time, with many new transitions on the horizon. However, for some, it can be incredibly anxiety-provoking and cause mood shifts. Perinatal mood disorders are usually born from various factors, including genetic predisposition, fluctuating hormones, increased stress with the physical and emotional transition during pregnancy. Typically, the best indicator of perinatal mood disorders is a prior history of mood disorders. Women who have experienced significant anxiety, depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, bipolar mania are at significantly increased risk for recurrence during pregnancy and afterward. So, as the old adage goes, prevention is the best medicine. It is highly recommended to get into care with a trusted mental health clinician who can help support you through this transition and detect any early signs of a perinatal mood disorder.
Common Perinatal Difficulties
- Perinatal Depression
- Perinatal anxiety with or without panic attacks
- Perinatal OCD
- Perinatal psychosis
- Pica (often due to anemia or other deficiencies)
- Exacerbation of eating disorders and body dysmorphia
- Keep a regular journal or mood record to help with self-awareness and process the transition you are going through
- Talk with family and friends regularly about how you are feeling. If you are worried, don’t worry alone. If you are sad, don’t be sad alone
- Reach out sooner rather than later to your ObGyn or mental health clinician if you suspect that you might be experiencing symptoms of a perinatal mood disorder
Many Women Experience Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
It is critical that you do not beat yourself up because at the end of the day, no one is at fault and this is a fairly common issue. In fact, studies have shown that every 1 in 7 women will experience perinatal depression. However, this is not to say that you should not reach out for the help that you not only deserve, but also need. With the help of an empathetic online therapist or telepsychiatrist, who has perinatal mental health expertise, you can learn strategies and be equipped with the tools to not just survive pregnancy, but also thrive!
Your Mental Health Affects Your Developing Baby’s Health
Not treating mental health issues during pregnancy can have additional consequences! Research findings support the notion that untreated mental health issues such as perinatal anxiety, perinatal depression, and other mood disorders can have consequences on the developing pregnancy in terms of birth weight, premature birth and other findings.
Why Can’t I Deal With My Mental Health on My Own?
Going to a therapist during pregnancy, and even after delivery has been recommended by many experts in the field. Just as you may rely on a midwife, obstetrician and other doctors during your pregnancy, making sure you include supports for your mental health is very important! At Thriving Lane, our online therapists and telepsychiatrists specialize in women’s mental health and have vast experience in treating clients and patients in this realm.
What Are the Benefits of Speaking to a Telepyschiatrist over an In-Person Therapist?
At Thriving Lane, all of our sessions are virtual and the video sessions take place over a HIPAA secure telemedicine platform. If you are currently pregnant, virtual sessions may be a great option because you can be comfortable in your own home and will not have to worry about additional exposure. Also, we know that you are busy preparing for your little one that is coming into the world soon. You may have other children, families to take care of, work to attend to, maternity leave to plan for. Caring for your mental health should be easy, and here at Thriving Lane we seek to make it as seamless for you as possible.
If you are interested in finding more about online therapy, holistic treatment and medication management in Florida, Georgia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota, please follow these three simple steps.
- Call (347) 830 7720, click client portal on the top left side or hit the book now button to get in touch with Thriving Lane. Our staff will do a free 10-minute consultation to see how we can help.
- Connect with us through our newsletter and online content to help improve your mental health even if you aren’t ready for teletherapy, telemedicine, or telecounseling.
- Begin the journey to finding your inner peace and achieving your highest potential!