Perinatal mental health refers to the emotional well-being of individuals during the period before, during, and after childbirth. It encompasses the mental health experiences of expectant parents, including the pregnant person and their partner, as well as their mental well-being during the postpartum period.
Perinatal mental health considerations include a range of emotional and psychological aspects, such as mood disorders, anxiety, stress, and other mental health challenges that may arise during this significant life transition. It emphasizes the importance of providing support and intervention to promote positive mental health outcomes for both parents and their newborn.
What Are Some Common Perinatal Mental Health Issues?
Facing fertility challenges can have a profound impact on mental health, creating a complex and emotional journey for individuals and couples. Individuals dealing with fertility issues often experience a range of intense emotions, including sadness, frustration, disappointment, and grief. Fertility challenges can strain relationships, as couples navigate the emotional rollercoaster together.
A miscarriage often triggers a deep sense of grief and loss. Individuals may go through a mourning process, grieving the envisioned future with the baby and the connection that was forming during pregnancy. Your subsequent pregnancy may be accompanied by heightened anxiety and fear of another miscarriage. The joy and excitement may be tempered by the haunting worry about the fragility of the pregnancy.
Postpartum Anxiety & Depression
Both postpartum anxiety and depression can make the already challenging journey of new parenthood feel like an emotional obstacle course. These issues are more than just the "baby blues" – they bring a heavy dose of sadness, a lack of interest in things that used to bring joy, an overwhelming sense of fatigue, terrifying "what ifs", and sometimes moments of panic.
Adjustment To Life-Transitions
Having a baby is a seismic life shift, and while it's filled with joy and wonder, it can also bring about a significant mental health impact. Among the joy, love, and elation is often sleep deprivation, hormone shifts, and identity loss. Therapy can be incredibly useful in making sense out of all this chaos.
How Can Therapy Help?
Therapy equips individuals with practical coping skills to navigate the challenges of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. This can include stress reduction techniques, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral strategies.
Perinatal mental health therapy can address the impact of these issues on relationships. Couples or family therapy may be beneficial in improving communication, understanding, and support between partners.
Perinatal mental health therapy helps individuals navigate the transitions associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and new parenthood. This includes adapting to changing roles, expectations, and the emotional landscape of the perinatal period.
How Can We Help?
Our therapists are trained, experienced, and certified in working with perinatal mental health challenges. We offer individual therapy, group therapy, and occupational therapy to engage you as a whole-person while you work towards self-regulating.
Perinatal mental health issues can impact your daily life. Our therapists are ready to provide you with the tools you need to ease the chaos inside you and help guide you to a more regulated "in-tune" you.