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Postpartum Mood Disorders & Counseling

As your body transitions from a pregnant to postpartum state your hormones will go through a tremendous shift. That, combined with the often daunting task of motherhood, can lead to new moms to experience feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, baby blues, and even postpartum depression.

No doubt, having a baby will change your life in positive and scary ways. Connecting with other moms can be a huge source of comfort and support. Seek out new mother groups and connect with others in your situation. No one understands what you are going through like another new mom. Like all major life events, counseling can also be helpful in navigating these changes and challenges. Search CiC’s Provider Network to find a postpartum counselor in your area.

Sometimes the event of birth itself can leave a woman with unresolved emotions if the birth didn’t go as planned. Even women with great birth experiences can have hormone induced postpartum blues or depression. Some women who have had a difficult or traumatic birth experience can even experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you suspect you may be experiencing any of this, seek out a counselor.

Always remember, as a mother, taking good care of yourself is the first step in taking excellent care of your baby.

Further reading on this topic:

Postpartum Depression: Not Always What It Looks Like

by Karen Kleiman

Most believe Postpartum depression (PPD) is an illness that happens only to somebody else, but in reality it can strike any woman, either immediately after the birth of her baby or months later. It can be hard to tell if you are experiencing PPD.  After all, don’t all new mothers cry and feel anxious?

Take a closer look at the risk factors and symptoms of this shattering illness.

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Jeanille & Michael with Kaden, 6 months © Madame Chang