Having a child can be a wonderful and exciting time! It can also be a stressful and anxious time of uncertainty as new parents attempt to navigate there way through the challenges of parenthood. When some find themselves feeling sad and overwhelmed they are puzzled because its “supposed” to be a time of joy and happiness. What most new parents don’t know is that, what some refer to as “the baby blues” is quite common and can begin before the birth of the child. You aren’t alone.
1 WOMAN IN 10: Experience depression during pregnancy. These symptoms are like the baby blues but happen before the baby is born.
8 WOMEN IN 10: Experience the baby blues after giving birth. They may cry for no apparent reason, feel impatient, irritable, restless, and anxious.
1 WOMAN IN 7: Experiences postpartum depression. A woman with postpartum depression may feel sluggish, sad, confused, anxious, irritable, guilty, and have difficulty remembering things. She may have trouble eating and sleeping. She may have fears of harming the baby or herself. Her moods might change from being very happy to very sad. She may feel out of control she may want to avoid seeing people or talking about feelings.
What is Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety are a set of disorders that can occur anytime during pregnancy and the first year postpartum and include:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Postpartum Psychosis.
Postpartum depression affects 20% of postpartum women. Postpartum anxiety affects roughly 15%. Every woman is at risk regardless of age, race, or financial status.
I have completed the Postpartum Support International Certificate Training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. If you feel like you are struggling through your pregnancy or since the birth of your child, contact me, you don’t have to go through this alone!