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:

crying

uncertainty of role

feelings of overwhelm

mild depression

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: 

depression 

mania

anxiety

Irritability

panic

obsessive thoughts

overwhelm

Grief


GETTING HELP IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS

You are not alone
You are not to blame
With help, you will be well
— Postpartum Support International

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. 


Adele completed the postpartum support international 2 day Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care training and is skilled in working with pregnancy and postpartum mental health.