We imagine what it will be like when our children are born – that cute, cooing baby, happily sleeping in your arms as you and your partner smile on; how fun it will be to play with and love on this little miracle. No one tells you that it can also be one of the most distressing times in your life as you and this new person get to know each other. The normal distress we experience as we navigate parenthood is called the Baby Blues. Sometimes, however, the pain we feel is more profound and overwhelming and can be a sign of one of the Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorders (PMAD), such as Postpartum Depression and we need help to feel better.
What Are the Perinatal Mood andAnxiety Disorders?
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders is a broad term that describes mental health issues that effect up to 15-20% of women in the United States while they are pregnant and up to one year after giving birth. The majority of women who experience these disorders experience Post-partum Depression but some women also experience Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or even Psychosis. Sometimes, the disorder can begin during pregnancy.
Managing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
There are some things you can do if you believe you are suffering with a perinatal mental health disorder:
You do not have to struggle alone, so please seek help. Talk with your doctor about the benefits of medication and seek a therapist to help you learn to manage your feelings and improve your coping skills.
Take Care of Your Emotional Needs
Talk with your partner or your friends, let other people provide some meals or cleaning. Give yourself a break every now and then. Don’t allow yourself to become isolated. Tell people how you are feeling.
Take Care of Your Physical Needs
Make sure you get rest and sleep. Eat healthy foods. Get some exercise and, if possible, exercsie outside.
Help Others by Helping to Raise Awareness
Talk about perinatal mental health. Join our campaign to raise awareness and support Postpartum Support International. Join our walk on June 20, 2020 and help us raise money for the cause.
Perinatal mental health effects everyone in the family. Taking car=e of yourself is taking care of the whole family. Contact our office if you need help.