Pregnancy and bringing your newborn home may offer some new challenges and many blessings. The stress of strangers asking you personal questions and feeling out of control in your own rapidly changing body can be a very real challenge. Bringing a new baby home to feed, diaper, and care for is yet another challenge. No matter how well prepared you are there is always something unexpected to deal with.
Postpartum mood disorders impact 1 in 8 new parents (for the non-pregnant parent, it tends to occur in 1 in 10 people). Perinatal mood disorder can be serious and even deadly if not treated. Fortunately, treatment is effective. A consultation with a trained mental health provider and/or psychiatrist that has specific training in reproductive health can reverse the symptoms and help you feel more like yourself.