The process of creating life and bringing a new child into the world is a miraculous process. It also can be exhausting. Early parenthood often involves a lack of sleep, hormonal changes, financial stress, changes in relationships, and learning how to adapt to all of the challenges of becoming a caretaker. Research shows up to 1/4 parents on all ends of the gender spectrum will experience a postpartum mood disorder.
Postpartum Mood Disorders
A Postpartum Mood Disorders is a disruption in mood, thinking, emotional or behavioral patterns that last more than 2 weeks. Typically in mothers symptoms begin to occur somewhere between giving birth and 3 months, and in fathers between 9 months to a year after after the birth, but the time frame can vary. Sometimes symptoms begin before the baby is born, sometimes they present themselves more than a year after birth. Symptoms can also develop in response to adopting children or after a miscarriage. The two most common types of postpartum mood disorders are depression and anxiety. Many people experience a mix between both disorders.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
- Mood is often sad, empty, hopeless, apathetic, angry, frustrated, irritable, or critical.
- Loss of interest in doing normal activities. Loss of pleasure from activities.
- Feeling a lack of connection to the baby or your partner. Feeling like an outsider in the family
- Changes in appetite. Appetite may be reduced or it may increase significantly.
- Unintentional weight gain or weight loss
- Fatigue, exhaustion. Yeah you’re a new parent, still you’re feeling more tired than you should.
- Insomnia, or hypersomina (excessive sleeping.)
- Becoming a workaholic, its becomes difficult to stop doing tasks, or to relax.
- Increase in substance use
- Increase in headaches, digestion problems, or physical pain
- Feelings of regret for becoming a parent
- Scary thoughts, including thoughts about harming the baby or oneself
- Intrusive memories of childhood trauma
Symptoms of Postpartum Anxiety
- Mood or thoughts often feels like it’s experiencing worry, guilt, apprehension.
- Racing thoughts, getting stuck in thought loops.
- Chest pain or tightness, tight jaw or tmj, breath feels tight.
- Inability to concentrate, mind feels blank, or like its stuck spinning its wheels.
- Feeling edgy, nervous, irritable, or restless
- Increased body tension, aches, or soreness. Digestion issues or nausea
- Feeling you tire or strain easier than you should physically or mentally
- Fear or worry that this is all big mistake, desire to get away
- Increase in substance use
- Social Anxiety
- Worry about wanting to be a perfect parent, fear or critical of making mistakes
We provide the following treatments for Postpartum Depression and anxiety disorders. We also understand that as a parent it can be very hard to get out of the house. Please ask us about our home-delivered counseling, body wellness, and energy healing services.
- Individual Counseling for Parents, Mothers, and Fathers
- Couples Counseling
- At-home yoga instruction
- Massage Therapy
- Infant Massage Training
- Reiki Healing