You spend months looking forward to the joy of bonding with your precious newborn; then, postpartum depression strikes, and suddenly you can't care for your baby or yourself. With supportive care from Kelly Thompson, LCSW, you can overcome pregnancy and postpartum mental health challenges, regain balance, and return to caring for your family. To schedule a telemedicine appointment, call the office in Waco, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
The physical and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and the postpartum period, as well as the stress and lack of sleep when you have a baby, increase your risk of developing depression and anxiety.
The mental health disorders associated with pregnancy and postpartum include:
The blues, which affect 70-80% of women, occur in the first few days after delivery. If you have the baby blues, you experience symptoms such as:
These ups and downs naturally occur as a result of the normal changes in your body. Most importantly, the baby blues usually go away on their own in about two weeks.
Postpartum depression is also called peripartum depression to reflect that it can begin during pregnancy, as well as in the first year after having your baby.
No matter which name you use, this major depressive disorder causes significant symptoms that don't typically go away on their own.
The symptoms of postpartum depression include:
Many women also develop anxiety during their pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Women who have a miscarriage can experience intense grief and feel shocked, angry, and other emotional pain associated with profound loss.
Each person needs a different length of time to grieve; however, if your grief doesn’t improve or is so severe you can't function, please consider therapy.
Postpartum depression and anxiety can improve with treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation, and stress management. Following a healthy diet and getting exercise also help to restore balance. In some cases, you may need medication.
If you have any concerns about your mood or mental health during pregnancy and after delivery, call Kelly Thompson, LCSW, or book an appointment online today.