For most women, having a baby is a very exciting, joyous, and often anxious time. But for women with peripartum, (formerly postpartum depression), depression it can become very distressing and difficult. Peripartum depression refers to depression occurring during pregnancy or after childbirth. The use of the term peripartum recognizes that depression associated with having a baby often begins during pregnancy.
Peripartum depression is a serious, but treatable medical illness involving feelings of extreme sadness, indifference and/or anxiety, as well as changes in energy, sleep, and appetite. It carries risks for the mother and child. An estimated on ein seven women experiences peripartum depression.
Pregnancy and the period after delivery can be a particularly vulnerable time for women. Mothers often experience immense biological, emotional, financial, and social changes during this time. Some women can be at an increased risk for developing mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety.
Part of your care plan will involve follow-up visits with us where we can assess your progress and help you make adjustments as needed in order to continue positive progress. Don’t hesitate to call us today.