Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
Pregnancy and the birth of a baby can bring up a lot of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression.
Most new moms experience postpartum "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to four weeks.
But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression and/or anxiety known as postpartum depression.
Signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after childbirth vary, and they can range from mild to severe.
Postpartum Depression Symptoms
Depressed mood or severe mood swings
Difficulty bonding with your baby
Withdrawing from family and friends
Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual
Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much
Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy
Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
Intense irritability and anger
Fear that you're not a good mother
Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy
Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
Severe anxiety and panic attacks
If you experience any of the above symptoms or a combination of them, you are not alone. Joining a postpartum therapy group can help.
Support groups can be helpful in a variety of ways, including:
Helping moms to make connections with other moms struggling with postpartum depression
Learning helpful and practical coping skills
Reduces a sense of isolation
If you are interested in my Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Groups, get in touch with me today!