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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are changes in a mom’s mood during or after the birth of a child that could present as anxiety with pregnancy, postpartum depression and postpartum OCD. Birth trauma, breastfeeding challenges and lack of sleep could contribute to depression. Up to 1 in 5 Moms will experience a mood disorder during or after the birth of their child. It’s normal and nothing to be ashamed of!
Symptoms of postpartum depression can occur during pregnancy or a month after delivery. The symptoms include feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness, anger or irritability, not having interest in the baby, loss of appetite and sleep disturbance, crying, sadness or possible thoughts of harming the baby or yourself, loss of interest in things you use to enjoy. Myths can become beliefs and show up how we parent. I am a failure, I should know what to do, I should be perfect, I can do it by myself and don’t need help.
Having moments of calling your mom, friends or doctors and no one quite understands how you feel or provide any relief from the constant sadness can be frustrating. I’m here to help you understand how to alleviate these symptoms and tune into what works for you.
Baby blues is sudden mood swings after birth when you may feel very happy or sad, cry for no apparent reason, unusually irritable, anxious, restless, lonely or sad. Baby blues usually lasts for up to 2 weeks after delivery and doesn’t always require treatment. Joining a support group of new mothers or talking with other mothers helps. Frequent crying, anxiety, possible feelings of wanting to hurt oneself or the baby or problems bonding with the baby should not be part of your daily routine. These are some of the symptoms of postpartum depression. Partners can experience postpartum depression as well when a child becomes part of the family. He may have difficulty caring for himself, the child or experience bonding issues. If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms or others, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to figure it out alone!
Talk therapy can help you identify resolutions while you develop coping skills in a positive environment. It’s important to understand the nature of depression and that you can get better with treatment.