The postpartum period is unlike any other time in a woman’s life. It is filled with so many different physical changes, life transitions, and intense emotions. While it is a time that can bring so much joy and excitement, it can also be very challenging and overwhelming. Many women feel uncomfortable talking about postpartum mental health and can feel isolated and abnormal, even though what they are experiencing is way more common than they realize. It is so important to keep an open conversation with each other and with your health care provider to make sure you get the support and care that you need and deserve!
While many mood and emotional changes are common, sometimes postpartum mental health issues progress to a condition that requires treatment. It is important to know that you are not alone and when to contact a provider.
Why does this happen?
- Significant hormonal shifts
- Significant life alterations
- Relationship stress
- Loss of sleep
- Lack of social support
- History of anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues
What is normal?
- Controlled, mild fluctuations in emotions during the first few weeks after birth
- Moments of being tearful
- Mild irritability or worrying
- Symptoms that do not interfere with your ability to function
- Symptoms that are short lived
When should I call my Midwife or Doctor?
- Having trouble caring for yourself or your baby
- Feelings of sadness or anxiety interfering with your quality of life
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Extreme disorientation or confusion
- Suicidal thoughts
What can we do?
- Keep an open conversation about thoughts and emotions
- Initiate talk therapy
- Discuss alternative methods for coping including meditation, yoga, and stretching
- Encourage support groups
- Medication as needed
The postpartum time is so special and unique, but can also be very challenging mentally and emotionally for women. Contact your provider any time if you need to talk or feel you need help!
There are several organizations dedicated to providing support for women during the pregnancy and postpartum period. Below are a list of support groups and resources:
- Beaumont postpartum adjustment support group
- Honey: Space for Moms and Moms-to-be
- New Oakland Family Centers
- Lake Orion Counseling Center
- Individual talk therapists based on your insurance
To learn more about postpartum mental health, please contact us on our chat or by calling (248) 693-0543.