EVERYONE SAYS BECOMING A PARENT IS HARD,
BUT YOU CAN’T IMAGINE THIS IS YOUR NEW NORMAL
You feel anxious, wound up and consumed by fear
You can't sleep when the baby is sleeping
You feel detached from your baby
You have lost interest in the things that once made you happy
You feel like you’ve gone “crazy”
You are scared of your thoughts
This isn’t what you were expecting
IS IT THE BABY BLUES?
The “Baby Blues” affects 60 - 80% of new moms due to the hormone fluctuation at the time of birth and include symptoms of:
uncertainty of role
feelings of overwhelm
Symptoms last no more than 2 weeks after birth. If you continue to experience symptoms of anxiety, depression and overwhelming stress 2 weeks after birth, you may be experiencing a postpartum mood and anxiety disorder.
PERINATAL MOOD AND ANXIETY DISORDERS
1 in 5 women* experience perinatal mood symptoms in pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) include Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Postraumatic Stress Disorder and Psychosis. You may be experiencing PMAD if you're noticing symptoms of:
GETTING HELP IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS
Support for Grief and Loss
Approximately 1 in 4 women experience a pregnancy loss.
Parents who have experienced loss related to pregnancy are at an increased risk of mood and anxiety disorders. You are not alone and help is available.
* Research study populations are primarily cisgender women and men in heterosexual dyads. Generalizations for partners in all relationships should be considered.