Depression or anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum

Baby Blues – what does that mean?

85% of new moms get Baby Blues after childbirth. These normal feelings usually get better within a few weeks. You will still be able to bond with your baby. It really helps to eat healthy meals/snacks, rest when possible and get at least minimal exercise and fresh air.

How do I know if I have depression or anxiety?

We now know that women are more vulnerable to a mood disorder during the perinatal period than at any other time of life. 15% of women have their first experience of depression or anxiety during the perinatal period (pregnancy through the first year postpartum). Women with a history of a mood disorder are at higher risk of a recurrence during the perinatal period.

Depression and anxiety are serious conditions which will not simply go away. However, with specialty treatment, you can experience significant improvement. In fact, most women achieve a full recovery. Begin by discussing your concerns with your medical provider. You and your provider will develop a treatment plan which may incorporate healthy lifestyle changes, supportive counseling, complementary treatment and/or medication. If you are at risk for developing a mood disorder, it is wise for you and your provider to develop a standby plan.

Physical and emotional signs to watch for:

bullet Extreme tiredness
bullet Difficulty concentrating
bullet Changes in eating habits
bullet Intense feelings of sadness or irritability
bullet Feeling inadequate about caring for your baby
bullet Lack of interest in the baby
bullet Repetitive negative thoughts
bullet Thoughts about harming yourself or your baby

Reach out to Shoshana Center (651) 645-5504 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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