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You are not alone.
1 in 7 Mothers...
experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum with symptoms that last more than two weeks.
There is help. Together we can find your way to more peaceful parenting and a healthier you. Schedule your free 15 minute online or phone consultation. We can chat and see if this is something that would be helpful for you. You and your baby deserve for you to be at your best.
What are Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMADs)
Many physical and emotional changes occur when we are pregnant and after we give birth and up to 20% of women report:
Feel constantly tired
Cry often for no apparent reason
Worry excessively about her own or the baby’s health
Have a lack of feeling for the baby
Have difficulty sleeping or eating
Have problems concentrating
Have frightening thoughts or fantasies
Feel an overwhelming sense of loss
Types of PMADs
Postpartum Baby Blues
60-80% of new mothers experience frequent and prolonged crying, anxiety, irritability, poor sleep, quick mood changes and a sense of vulnerability. It usually occurs within the first three days following birth, continues for up to two weeks and resolves on its own.
Postpartum Depression (PPD)
10-20% of new mothers also experience despondency, tearfulness and more intense feelings of inadequacy, guilt, anxiety and fatigue than with baby blues. There may also be physical symptoms such as headaches and rapid heart rate. A lack of feeling for the baby is of special concern. These symptoms can occur anywhere from 2 weeks to more than a year after delivery and usually require the help of a medical professional.
Up to 6% of new mothers experience postpartum post traumatic stress disorder resulting from a complicated pregnancy, delivery or NICU stay.
Up to 0.1% of new mothers experience this serious, but relatively rare disorder, with reactions such as extreme confusion, refusal to eat, delusions, auditory hallucinations, hyperactivity and rapid or irrational speech. Most of these reactions occur within 3-14 days following the birth. Psychosis is serious and requires immediate medical attention and at times medication and hospitalization.
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