Along With Your Bundle of Joy May Come Unexpected Shifts in Your Emotional and Mental Health
Having a baby can be an exhilarating time. However, it can also be a difficult transition, especially if the delivery and other aspects of the pregnancy did not go as planned. Sometimes, even when everything went “perfectly,” moms find themselves feeling inordinately anxious or depressed. Amongst the many changes that come with having a baby are real hormonal fluctuations, sleep deprivation, and an overwhelming new set of responsibilities in the context of lots of shifting family and personal dynamics. Having a history of depression or anxiety either before or during the pregnancy will increase the likelihood of a postpartum disorder. Postpartum blues are common for the first two weeks after delivery and might be marked by increased emotional reactivity and mood swings but should resolve on its own a few weeks after delivery. Symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety are listed below. The number one thing to remember is that postpartum depression screening is available routinely and that postpartum depression treatment is highly effective.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and/or Anxiety
- Consistently depressed mood for 2 weeks or more
- Overwhelming feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
- Excessive crying
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty with sleep, sleeping too much or too little
- Intense irritability
- Decreased pleasure and motivation in doing things
- Persistent fatigue and lack of energy
- Thoughts about harming yourself or the baby
- Recurrent thoughts about death or suicide
- Signs and symptoms of Postpartum Anxiety
- Persistent dread or feeling of danger
- Racing and difficult to control thoughts
- Sense of impending doom
- Excessive worry about the baby’s health or safety
- Physical symptoms including chest tightness, stomach upset, jitters, or feeling agitated
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep despite being sleep deprived
- Frequent checking behaviors or reassurance seeking
Many women struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety, or even both. Between 50% and 75% of new moms will experience a phenomenon known as “baby blues,” and from these women, around 15% will develop postpartum depression. If you are going through the “baby blues” or displaying signs of postpartum depression and anxiety, you should know that none of your emotions are your fault. What you are going through is fairly common, but this does not mean that you should refrain from seeking the help you deserve and need.
Your Mental Health Affects Your Developing Baby’s Health
The way that you interact with the baby during those formative first few days and months is really important! You likely had expectations of what this time period was going to be like. Your baby is also looking to you to feel safe, cared for, and further explore socialization. The way you are feeling can have an enormous impact on the bond that is developing and you do not have to navigate this alone.
Why Can’t I Deal With My Mental Health on My Own?
While talking to friends and family can certainly help your mental state, it is important to see how talking to a trained professional can make a big difference. Talking to a trained professional means that they have helped many women in your current position and understand how to help you move forward towards a happier and more fulfilling postpartum period. Not only are we all specialized in women’s mental health, but the counseling is done over a HIPAA compliant platform and we maintain your highest level of confidentiality.
We also understand that not the same approach works for everyone. We utilize multiple avenues of treatment, blending conventional interventions with holistic approaches, in order to support you fully.
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