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
-Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy
-Reduced ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
-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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