Pregnancy & Postpartum
It’s finally happening, the moment you’ve been waiting on for months. You finally get to meet your little one! Your bundle of joy is here, but something just doesn’t feel right. You can’t sleep, even though you are exhausted. You can’t stop crying, even though you expected to be the happiest parent alive. You’re overwhelmed with fear, unwanted thoughts, and guilt. Suddenly, you’re not sure if this parent thing is for you, and the doubt kicks in. You’re afraid to tell anyone because you fear they will judge you, tell you something is wrong with you, or maybe you’re just overreacting.
I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone and you are not overreacting. Becoming a new parent is tough. It’s a life changing event that impacts us on a mental, emotional, and physical level. With all the newly added responsibilities and lack of sleep, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy thinking and behavioral patterns. Don’t let these patterns rob you of your precious time.
I’m here to help new mothers (and fathers) learn how to adjust to their new identities, learn how to become resilient with all the challenges of become a parent, and discover how to live for the things that matter most.
This dark cloud will not last forever, take the first step and reach out to someone who knows how to help.
Symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Feeling sad or depressed 2 weeks after baby is born
- Feeling extra irritable or angry
- Having difficulty bonding with baby
- Feeling anxious or panicky
- Trouble sleeping even though you are exhausted
- Loss of appetite
- Having “scary” or upsetting thoughts that don’t go away
- Feeling like you are “losing control” or “going crazy”
- Having regrets about being a mother
- Worried that you might hurt yourself or your baby
- Men can also experience symptoms of PMAD