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Perinatal Mental Health

December 4, 2020

Pregnancy is a period of euphoria, where you experience extreme feelings of joy, anxiety, and all sorts of mixed emotions. This is also the period it is most important for one to take care of themselves mentally and physically, as they’re going through a lot of changes in their body, experiencing hormonal imbalance, stress, and anxiety about being new to parenthood. 

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Perinatal mental health is an important issue, women may experience it any time from when they have conceived up to a year after delivery.

Common Perinatal Mental Health issues:

  • Perinatal Anxiety 
  • Perinatal Depression
  • Perinatal Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Psychosis 
  • Eating Disorders post-pregnancy

 One of the ways to know whether you’re facing these issues is if these feelings of stress and anxiety (something you haven’t experienced before) start affecting your day-to-day life and routine.

Common symptoms of Perinatal Mental Health issues are:

  • Always paranoid about being a bad parent 
  • Continuously worried you will lose your child 
  • Feeling pressured to be happy

If you feel too suffocated with these emotional outbursts, it is best to visit your doctor and get the help you need without hesitation. In some cases, the mother may need medical interference and professional help. It is better to seek help as fast as possible in order to soothe your mind off these disturbing thoughts or feelings, either by sharing what you are going through with a family member, a close friend, or a trusted professional. 

Through all this, it is important for you to know that these feelings are temporary and it is completely normal to go through this mixture of emotions during this phase. Always remember, a mother is a superhero without a cape! Stay healthy, stay happy! 

~” Birth takes a woman’s deepest fear about herself and shows her that she is stronger than them. “ ~