Here are my top 10 most viewed blog posts about pregnancy and postpartum issues and rather than having to search though all my blogs, or only see the most recent ones, I thought it would be helpful to put them in one post.
During the 20+ years I have been working with pregnant and new moms and 15 years being director of the PPD Alliance of IL I have found many things are helpful in reducing anxiety, depression and trauma. I also want to increase awareness so everyone realizes how common (research shows up to 20% of women!) and treatable perinatal mood disorders are. Since I started my blog a few years ago I love to share this information with everyone and I hope you find it useful.
If you have any questions after reading any of the blogs please don’t hesitate to contact me on the form at the bottom of the page.
Here are 10 tips are for women who want to know what pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders are, how to prevent them, and how to get treatment if motherhood is not all you expected it to be.
No one can say for definite that having specific stresses or experiences in your life, or perhaps having certain personality traits, causes postpartum anxiety or depression but we do know that there are quite a few factors that can increase your risk. Read this post to take a quiz to see if you are at risk.
Approximately 6% of pregnant and 10% of new moms experience anxiety. Learn more about the symptoms of perinatal anxiety, panic attacks, the difference between postpartum OCD & psychosis and how some women experience PTSD following traumatic labors.
As well being in private practice specializing in working with women I am the Director of the Postpartum Depression Alliance of IL and every 3-4 months I hold a free workshop for new moms. The next one is on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at 1pm – 2.30pm in Northbrook.
Rates of postpartum depression are high — between 10 to 30 percent of mothers are affected — but many women don’t seek help partly due to practical reasons. This study found that the women who received online treatment reported better results for depression, work and social impairment, and anxiety scores immediately after they had received the treatment.
The show’s host Nikki Jackson has recently had her fourth baby and was interested in telling her listeners more about pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders.
Recent research has shown that men are also at risk for mood disorders after becoming a dad. This post details the symptoms of paternal depression and how it can be different from maternal depression.
33 things a stressed mom can do and say to look after herself. You may not feel able to do all of the things listed here at once. The most important thing is to take small steps, try not to be too hard on yourself and take one day at a time.
Last Fall a photo of a woman holding a 3 day old baby went viral and I was interviewed by Yahoo Parenting interviewed me to ask me why I thought women had been moved by this post in which Danielle Haines portrays the difficulties and raw emotions she experienced in the first few days of motherhood.
It can be frustrating and overwhelming being a mom! This blog post explains the role of adrenaline in whipping up emotions and a simple technique to calm down when feeling panicky, overwhelmed or frustrated.
If you want to read more about maternal mental health download the FREE Guide To Pregnancy & Postpartum Stress, Anxiety & Depression. It is full of information about symptoms, different types of maternal mood disorders and advice about what to do to start feeling like yourself again.
Dr. Sarah Allen has 20+ years experience as a psychologist helping women transition to being the mom they want to be. She is also the Director of the Postpartum Depression Alliance of IL, a non-profit offering info and support to pregnant and postpartum moms and their families.
If you have questions after reading this article or the Guide To Pregnancy & Postpartum Stress, Anxiety & Depression or have any questions about how counseling can be useful to your particular circumstances please contact me at 847 791-7722 or on the form below.