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Mental Health Is A Struggle For Women After Giving Birth

Perinatal mood disorders are alarmingly common for women in America. One out of every seven women in America are affected by a mood disorder after pregnancy. For every four at-risk Moms living in poverty or under other extreme circumstances, at least one will struggle with a perinatal mood disorder.

Pregnancy and childbirth is a challenge that only mothers, women, can understand. After giving birth there is no taking a break. Women don’t get time to rest and reboot, they go straight into motherhood having to care for and protect their child. Early infancy is, for many parents, difficult. Many sleepless nights, endless screaming, and new challenges can test a mother’s limits. Postpartum depression is not the only way that psychological problems develop for women after pregnancy. Innumerable women struggle with their mood, their energy, their stress, and even uncomfortable thoughts toward their children. Motherhood can be, with no exaggeration, terrifying for some women. Yet, a tremendous amount of pressure and societal stigma tells women that being a mother should be a natural and easy process to step into. Any complaints indicate a lack of gratitude toward the child, painting the mother as a “bad mother”- a label that no mother ever wants to receive. Consequently, women stay quiet about their internal struggles with mood. Their mental health consistently declines. Sadly, some women reach a breaking point. Women might turn to self-harm, substance abuse, or other harmful behaviors toward themselves or most tragically, their children.

Society as a whole needs to have a greater understanding of the obstacles new mothers face after childbirth. Ob/gyn’s are encouraged to regularly screen for perinatal mood disorders after childbirth, however, many women do not go for their check up until 6-weeks post birth. Women are remarkably strong, resilient, and capable. Six weeks is a long time to be struggling with mental health, exhaustion, and a newborn child. New proposals suggest that Pediatricians should be a primary source for screening perinatal mood disorders since a new mother is at the pediatrician’s office regularly.

Women need to know that their feelings and experience are valid, and that they can open up about them at any time. Before turning to drugs, alcohol, or any other harmful behavior, women should open up to a professional about their experience.

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