To: New & Expecting Moms Fighting Postpartum Depression
I know big changes can be scary. Maybe you’re anticipating the birth of your first child or you’ve just added another tiny human to your family.
Everyone talks about what a magical time pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood is, but no one prepares you for the hard parts.
You might be worried about whether you’re actually cut out to be a mom or you feel a million different things- not one of them includes magical. Maybe your brain starts running on overdrive and you suddenly wonder how you turned into a big ball of anxiety, waiting for something terrible to happen at ANY MOMENT.
Or maybe, you feel like you’ve lost yourself and you don’t know how to get back to functioning like you used to.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME.
Anxiety and depression during pregnancy and afterwards are things that many women experience! Research shows that 1 in 7 moms will experience postpartum depression or anxiety. There is help and you can get better. Needing a little extra support during this time doesn’t make you a bad mother, it simply means you are human.
If you think you might be experiencing prenatal or postpartum anxiety or depression, please reach out to a support person or professional you trust. Click here for symptoms that commonly show up with maternal mental health issues http://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/pregnancy-postpartum- mental-health/). If you’d like more information on how therapy can help, please email or call me. I provide complimentary phone consultations and can answer questions or concerns you might have. In addition to being a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have completed additional training on pregnancy and postpartum issues with Postpartum Support International- a leader in this field. I know that you have your own unique experiences, life story, and family, and work with every client on individualized treatment plans, not a cookie cutter approach. You don’t have to face these issues on your own!
If you would like to know a little bit more about Prenatal and Postpartum Depression issues I’ve included some resources here:
- Postpartum Support International: Has a variety of information and resources includinga free “warmline” http://www.postpartum.net/
- Maternal Mental Health Now: A wonderful organization devoted to maternal mental health has compiled a comprehensive list about symptoms about prenatal and postnatal mental health issues. http://www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org/index.php/learn-more/symptoms
- Postpartum Community Online through Smart Patients:https://www.smartpatients.com/partners/ppd