MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH IN PLANTATION
- Are you pregnant and feeling overwhelmed by so many changes ahead?
- Does it feel like a struggle adjusting to the new role of parenting?
- Are you wondering if you are experiencing Postpartum Depression or Anxiety?
- Are you daunting your parenting skills?
- Do you get a lot of: “Enjoy this time, it goes by so fast”?
It can be confusing to experience sadness and anxiety during times that one “should be excited for”— according to so many around us. The good news is that maternal mental disorders are treatable and we can help you in this time of transition in your life and your partner’s life.
You are not alone
Research regarding maternal mental health shows that 1 in 5 women report experiencing feelings of anxiety and depression, and other “negative feelings” any time during pregnancy and after pregnancy. About 10% of dads also experience the same perinatal symptoms as the moms.
Are you wondering how maternity will change your life?
Becoming pregnant and welcoming a newborn into your world is a major transition in your life. It is a time that almost every area of your life shifts. Shifts happen in:
- Time alone/ Self-care
- Social life
- Family connection
- Religion/Spiritual Practices
- Relationship with spouse
- Physical changes
- Hormonal changes
- Sex drive changes
- Financial aspects
- Life priorities
Those are big changes, right? We are here to support you, guide you, and address the changes experiencing during pregnancy and postpartum.
Are there different pre and postnatal issues? Are they treatable?
These are the 5 main areas of maternal mental health during pre and postnatal times, which are all treatable:
-Antepartum or Postpartum Depression – (PPD)
-Antepartum or Postpartum Anxiety – (PPA)
-Antepartum or Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – (PPOCD)
-Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – (PPPTSD)
-Postpartum Psychosis – (PPP)
Antepartum or Postpartum Depression (PPD)
Many wonder what is the difference between “baby blues” or “postpartum depression” - PPD. An abbreviated version of the difference between both concepts is that baby blues –or maternity blues-- usually lasts 2-3 weeks after childbirth where you may experience sadness, disconnection from your baby, and some crying spells. It usually lasts that period of time. If feelings persist and worsen, then that’s when postpartum depression (PPD) may be setting in. Check out this blog post to learn about: Signs of Postpartum Disorders
Antepartum or Postpartum Anxiety (PPA)
About 6% of pregnant women experience anxiety during pregnancy, and about 10% do so postpartum. The symptoms experienced are, constant worry, racing thoughts, changes in sleep and appetite, at times physical restlessness, as well as dizziness, hot flashes, and nausea. At times, anxiety may be experienced with panic attacks, which are moments when shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations, tingling, and numbness, and at times claustrophobia may be experienced.
Antepartum or Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (PPOCD)
Between 3-5% of women and some dads experience Obsessive Compulsive Disorder during or after pregnancy. The symptoms experienced are intrusive thoughts and repetitive in nature, as well as compulsive behaviors to address a fear, such a constant cleaning, counting or re-organizing, and checking things. Moms and dads experiencing PPOCD are aware of their thoughts and feel concerned about them. Due to this, they feel better when they are with others caring for their infant.
Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PPPTSD)
About 9% of pregnant women experience PPPTSD after pregnancy and it’s usually related to a traumatic event during pregnancy or delivery. These may include: an unplanned c-section, prolapsed cord, early delivery resulting in baby going into NICU, use of vacuum extractor or forceps for delivery, prior experience to sexual trauma triggered by delivery, experiencing poor communication or lack of support during the delivery, and experiencing severe physical complications --unexpected hysterectomy, perineal trauma, cardiac disease, severe preeclampsia or eclampsia.
Postpartum Psychosis (PPP)
About .1 to .2% of moms experience PPP, and it usually has a sudden onset after birth—1-2 weeks after birth. The symptoms are: delusions or strange beliefs, hallucinations, irritability, hyperactivity, less sleep, paranoia, rapid mood swings, and speech issues at times. This diagnosis is temporary and treatable, but it should be considered an emergency. About 5% of moms who experience this diagnosis result in suicide and 4% in infanticide. While most moms suffering from PPP will harm themselves or others, it is important to reach out to a local crisis hotline such as 211 in Florida if experiencing a crisis and to coordinate care with a trained maternal mental health professional for treatment.
We are passionately committed maternal mental health counselors ready to help you during pregnancy and after childbirth
With the help of a compassionate and experienced perinatal mental health therapist conveniently located in the heart of Plantation, in Broward County, you can start working on the recovery of your confidence and your sense of self, bonding with your little one, and embracing your new life as an expectant or new parent. We can work with you individually, with your partner, and with the whole family, as needed.
Maternal mental health counseling can help you feel like yourself again. give yourself the chance to live your maternity phase to the fullest. call us at 954-903-1676 to explore ways to feel better.
Finding a specialist in perinatal mental health issues is an important step to find relief. Our team of therapists has received special training through Postpartum International and a vast experience. We are well connected in the Plantation community and all Broward County to provide you with an array of resources to new parents, in addition to providing maternal mental health counseling. We strive to help new parents feel connected to their small children, feel like themselves again and have a healthy spousal and family relationship.
Our services are compassionate, supportive, and collaborative, as well as always looking at our clients’ strengths. New parents or parents-to-be can benefit greatly from pregnancy and postpartum therapy.
We have a comprehensive approach to our perinatal counseling sessions focusing on:
1) The parent
2) The parent and child relationship
3) The couple’s relationship
4) The family as a whole
YOU CAN START LIVING A FULFILLING FAMILY LIFE NOW. WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH IN PLANTATION, BROWARD COUNTY.