So often during pregnancy women are asked about morning sickness, gestational diabetes, prenatal vitamins, and their birth plan. However, not enough time is dedicated to mental health. Yet, postpartum depression is the #1 medical complication of childbirth; it can occur anytime in pregnancy or first year postpartum.
“Postpartum Depression” is most often used, but it is an umbrella term for the following:
Depression, Anxiety, Postpartum Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosis and Perinatal Bipolar Disorder.
While these are all disorders that can affect anyone in their lifetime they are more prevalent in pregnancy and postpartum.
It is estimated that 1 in 7 women will experience serious depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum.
This is different from the 80% of new mothers who experience normal baby blues which lasts no more than 2 days to 2 weeks.
How do you know when to get help?
If you experience:
feeling totally overwhelmed
feeling guilty, regretful, hopeless, ashamed
difficulty bonding with your baby
feeling irritable or angry with those around changes in appetite and sleep
upsetting thoughts you can’t get out of your mind
feeling as if you’re out of control
feeling like you should never have become a mother
worry you might hurt the baby or yourself
You do not have to do this alone. Make your appointment today 786.704.8544
4770 BISCAYNE BLVD., SUITE 780, MIAMI, FL 33137 786.704.8544
Licensed clinical psychologist
Worried that you are not the kind of mother you thought you would be?
Feel like you lost yourself in the process of becoming a mom?
Doubting your abilities as a mom?
Afraid to tell your family and friends how you really feel?
For many, motherhood does not always come naturally let alone easily. Whether it is difficulty conceiving, ambivalence during pregnancy, relationship difficulties, experiencing loss of former self, or navigating new roles and responsibilities, motherhood poses its own set of challenges.