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Straight Talk about Pregnancy and Mood Disorders

Though women have been trying to establish their equality for over 100 years, misconceptions, misinformation and lack of care for our bodies hasn’t been fully addressed or taken seriously enough. One such area is that of a mother’s mental health. Mood disorders are the most common complication of pregnancy and birth according to Kate Rope, author of Strong as a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood.

While six to eight percent of pregnant women will need treatment for diabetes during pregnancy, more than twice as many will develop a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder—the most common medical complication of pregnancy and childbirth. Even though major organizations like American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend screening for these disorders, they are not part of standard perinatal care.

Many women may not realize there are effective treatments for the feelings they are experiencing. They may feel ashamed to show or share their feelings and can unnecessarily suffer. This could put their health and those of their children at risk. It’s high time women are given solid information that can empower them to ask for the healthcare quality they need and deserve.

Truths about pregnancy and PMADs.

  1. Your mental health during pregnancy is not limited to concerns about depression. You can experience a range of symptoms and disorders that include anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  2. Half of all Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) develop during pregnancy. Treating them while pregnant lowers the chance of experiencing the disorder after giving birth. These conditions can also be experienced anytime in the 12 months after the baby’s delivery.
  3. Don’t blame yourself. Even though the cause of these mental conditions aren’t well understood, it is known that hormones fluctuate. The fluctuation can leave some women susceptible to developing mood disorders. Other factors can play a role, such as a history of trauma and mood disorders, lack of support, and financial worries and other forms of stress.
  4. Women with PMADs are no different than other women with regards to how much they love their babies. PMADs are a medical condition, which may cause women who have them to struggle more in motherhood.
  5. Treatment is necessary to moderate and move through these conditions, They just don’t go away on their own. Treatment exists and you should seek whatever support you need. Cognitive

behavioral therapy (CBT) and other kinds of psychotherapy have are effective. Under the care of an experienced clinician, there are supplements and medications that can be used safely during pregnancy and breastfeeding, too.

Villa Tranquil, a transitional living opportunity, provides effective programs for women between the ages of 18-65 who need ongoing recovery. Women’s issues are of prime importance. Our residence in Jupiter Farms, Florida is a unique, environment for women seeking post-treatment living. Call today for information: (561) 294-0427