Postpartum Mental Health

A lot changes when there is a new addition to your family. When many people think of the transition to parenthood, they think of the new bundle of joy that is about to come into their lives, and many of their expectations center around the positive aspects that come with parenthood – like watching your baby first learn to smile or take their first steps. However, what is often not talked about is that while this transition is often a time filled with lots of joy and excitement, all transitions come with a period of readjustment and readjustment can be stressful.

In the days, weeks and months after welcoming your new child, you will experience many highs and probably many lows as well. There will be an adjustment period, where you get to know your child and their needs and you learn how to also make sure you are able to do what you need to stay healthy. What this adjustment period looks like for each woman who goes through it is very different, and no two experiences are ever quite the same. There are a variety of factors that can influence your wellbeing and health as a new mom.

“If you are a new mom and are struggling, you should know
that it is okay, and you are not alone.”

Estimates suggest that around 10-15% of new mothers experience a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD). These disorders can include postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, or postpartum OCD. Therefore, if you are a new mom and feel as though you are struggling, you should know that it is okay, and you are not alone. You are going through a huge transition that is affecting almost all domains of your life. If you are struggling and you are having difficulty keeping up with your daily tasks and taking care of yourself or your new baby, it may be a good idea to reach out to a professional. Some Baby Blues and anxiety are normal, however a professional can help you determine if something more serious is going on and help you through this time.

It is important to remember that becoming a parent – whether it your first child or your second or third – is a transition, and it is okay to admit that it is hard. In therapy, we can work on helping you process all the changes that are occurring and provide you support as you navigate this new phase in your life. If you are ready to get support now, our wonderful therapist Gaby, is available to help you. Please reach out today to schedule an appointment.

Reach out to Family Therapy Center of Bethesda today with your questions, comments or concerns and we'll be sure to get back to you as quickly as possible!

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