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Let’s Talk About Maternal Mental Health


Let’s talk about maternal mental health…

According to the World Health Organization, around 10% of pregnant women and 13% of postpartum women struggle with depression.

Symptoms of maternal depression:

-Difficulty bonding with your baby

-Withdrawing from family and friends

-Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual

-Inability to sleep, called insomnia, or sleeping too much

-Overwhelming tiredness or loss of energy

-Less interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy

-Intense irritability and anger

-Fear that you're not a good mother

-Hopelessness

-Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy

-Reduced ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions

-Restlessness

-Severe anxiety and panic attacks

-Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

-Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

When to seek professional help…

If your symptoms:

-Don't fade after two weeks.

-Are getting worse.

-Make it hard for you to care for your baby.

-Make it hard to complete everyday tasks.

-Include thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

Having a baby can evoke strong emotions, from abounding joy to immense fear. These feelings can be scary and I want you to know that you’re NOT alone!

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please reach out to a licensed mental health counselor.

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