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Perinatal Mood Therapy: What It Is & How It Can Help You After Giving Birth



Most people have heard of things like postpartum depression, the “baby blues,” and other perinatal issues new mothers might face after having a baby.


Unfortunately, perinatal mood disorder isn’t as frequently discussed and dissected. That can leave many women struggling with it not knowing exactly what they’re dealing with or how to get the help they need and deserve.


So, what is perinatal mood disorder? More importantly, what is perinatal mood therapy, and what can it do for you if you’re struggling after giving birth?

What Is Perinatal Mood Disorder?

Perinatal mood disorder describes different mild to severe moods during and after pregnancy. That can include anxiety, depression, or even obsessive-compulsive behaviors.


Unfortunately, these feelings can take a toll on your quality of life. They can make it difficult to complete your daily routine and care for your baby how you want to. Some of the common symptoms include fatigue or tiredness, changes in eating habits, and poor sleep.


You might think those symptoms are normal after having a baby. But, they shouldn’t be so extreme that they make it difficult to simply get through the day. Far too often, these symptoms are dismissed, and women don’t get the treatment for perinatal issues that they need.

What Causes Perinatal Mood Disorder?

There are a variety of factors that can contribute to perinatal problems. It’s important to consider that your body is going through incredible hormonal changes throughout your pregnancy. Those sudden shifts in hormones can wreak havoc on your emotions, and some people find those shifts difficult to deal with. Other factors, like a history of anxiety, lack of support, or a stressful or traumatic childbirth, can also contribute to perinatal mood disorder.


No matter the cause, if left untreated, this kind of disorder can last for weeks or months. It will end up impacting more than just you. If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety and trying to shoulder everything on your own, it will affect your family, friends, and your child. You might not be able to develop a secure attachment with your baby right away, which could potentially impact them well into adulthood.

What Is Perinatal Mood Therapy?

So, how can perinatal mood therapy help if you’re struggling? This type of therapy is designed to help you navigate your emotions and why you’re experiencing them.


Perinatal mood therapy is often the best way to get to the root cause of your feelings. If you’ve been struggling with anxiety or depression for a while, therapy will help you understand where it stems from so you can start to heal from the ground up.


A therapist specializing in perinatal issues can also help you with specific symptoms. Learning how to take control of your life again can make a big difference in how you feel, and that starts with symptom management.


Perinatal mood therapy can also help you recognize the resources within your life. You’ll be encouraged to practice self-care, lean on your support system, and take advantage of help when it’s offered.


The good news? Perinatal mood disorder doesn’t last forever.


While it might eventually go away on its own, the last thing you want is to risk a lack of attachment with your little one during this crucial chapter of life. The sooner you try therapy, the sooner you’ll be able to manage your mood effectively. If the symptoms listed above have been negatively affecting your quality of life for too long, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.


Perinatal mood issues are very real and should be taken seriously. Feel free to contact me for more information or to set up an appointment soon.


 

Jennifer Perera is a mom of two boys, a spouse and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is also Certified as a Perinatal Mental Health Professional by Postpartum Support International. She has a private practice in Springfield, New Jersey and also sees clients throughout New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Illinois via telehealth. Her passion is helping new moms and dads find their joy again in parenthood through individual and couples counseling. She also runs workshops for new parents, teaching them techniques and strategies to help them have a stronger relationship - built to thrive during the parenthood years. Jennifer specializes in working with parents during the prenatal and postpartum periods and those coping with grief or loss issues surrounding pregnancy.




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