Maternal Mental Health
Entering parenthood or expecting a newborn can bring on a range of emotions. It is challenging at times to manage the new life change, and any fear or anxiety that may arise. Some of our clinicians are specialized in maternal mental health and are able to help.
Pregnancy can be a joyful time but also a time of increasing change. Managing worries about the unexpected future and changes to one’s body can be overwhelming at times. Often times these thoughts are hard to talk about and explore because it can bring on feelings of worry or shame. We have clinicians trained to help support through this life transition.
Postpartum depression, stress and anxiety
The birth of a baby can bring on many different feelings. Most new moms experience postpartum "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Some moms experience longer lasting symptoms, which could indicate postpartum depression, stress or anxiety. If you find symptoms lasting longer that the normal “baby blues” period, please give us a call and one of our therapists will be able to guide you.
The symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety include, but are not limited to
- Feeling sad or down often
- Frequent crying
- Feeling irritable or anxious, or feelings of panic
- Obsessive thoughts or worry
- Loss of appetite
- Less energy and motivation to do things
- Difficulty sleeping
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Showing little interest in your baby
- Not feeling attached to your baby