Although having a baby can be the most wonderful thing, it can also be difficult and overwhelming. Let’s face it, motherhood is stressful! Especially for new mothers, mothers who are struggling with infertility, and mothers who are experiencing loss. Here at Mindwerks Clinic, we strive to support you with unconditional acceptance, empowerment, and other moms who can understand what you are going through.
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WHAT ARE PERINATAL MOOD AND ANXIETY DISORDERS (PMADS)?
These symptoms can affect women during pregnancy and postpartum, causing emotional and physical problems that make it difficult to function and enjoy life. Symptoms can include sadness, difficulty concentrating, loss of pleasure in doing things you once enjoyed, panic attacks, and irritability. Read more below for more information on mood and anxiety disorders as well as emotional changes that come with childbirth and becoming a new mother!
Adjustment to Pregnancy
Most women experience changes in mood and their feelings throughout pregnancy. Besides being exhausted (there's 2 of you now!), feelings of worry, irritability, and anxiousness are extremely common. However, mild mood changes can often progress in severity and require treatment by a health provider. If feelings of depression or anxiety persist more than a few weeks or are beginning to affect your daily activities, it may be time to ask for help.
Depression During Pregnancy
Perinatal depression is depression that occurs during pregnancy or appears within a year after giving birth. It is thought to be the most common problems women face during and after pregnancy. There are certain factors that increase the likelihood of perinatal depression, including history of depression, current or past substance use disorders, inadequate social support, marital or financial problems, and more. Symptoms such as tiredness, difficultly sleeping, and changes in weight normally occur during and after pregnancy, but can also be a sign of depression in some women.
The experience of miscarriage can be a devastating event that affects women both physically and mentally. The grief associated with miscarriage is powerful and can be overwhelming. Many women struggle to express these feelings for fear of being misunderstood or judged and can be left feeling helpless and alone. Therapy can be beneficial for women going through these types of experiences.
Although infertility is very common in individuals of all ages, it can cause feelings of crisis, isolation, and inadequacy. Therapy has been shown to be beneficial in these circumstances to help cope with problems that often arise for couples as a result of infertility issues. Mindwerks Clinic is a safe space where you and your loved one can seek help on this journey.
Loss in appetite
Feelings of extreme sadness
Loss of interest in activities you once found enjoyable
Loss of interest in being a mother
Feeling worthless or guilty, especially about not being a good mother
Feelings of inadequacy to care for your new infant
Postpartum depression is experienced by 15-20% of women - know that you are not alone! Women who has given birth within the last 12 months is at risk for experiencing postpartum depression symptoms.
It is common for new moms to feel like they have an endless amount of things to worry about when caring for their newborn. If these feelings are making it difficult to accomplish daily tasks and function regularly, you may be experiencing symptoms of postpartum anxiety.
Constant worrying or fear that something bad is going to happen
Feeling light headed or nauseous
Changes in appetite