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Mood Disorders during Pregnancy and Postpartum

Studies show that mood and anxiety disorders occur in up to 1 in 5 pregnant women. Also, for those who have previously been treated for depression or anxiety, sometimes their symptoms can worsen during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Often pregnant mothers or mothers who are recently postpartum, feel that they are simply weak or are flawed because they are dealing with these symptoms. Unfortunately, this can lead these women to stay isolated and delay their getting the support and help they need and deserve. Christian churches can offer support and encouragement to young mothers going through these struggles. While there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, there is help and hope! Sometimes women dealing with depression or anxiety withhold themselves from treatment because they don’t want to harm the baby. However, remember that untreated depression and anxiety are not healthy for the mother. Ensure that your healthcare practitioners know what you are going through and get their support. Supportive counseling is also highly recommended.


Mental Health During Pregnancy

Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy
This link provides up-to-date information on the treatment of mental disorders during pregnancy. [Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health]

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression and the Baby Blues
This site discusses the symptoms of postpartum depression, how it differs from the baby blues, as well as treatment and support options available. [Helpguide.org]

Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders
This link provides up-to-date information on the postpartum blues, depression, and psychosis and their treatment. [Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health]

Postpartum OCD

Videos about Postpartum OCD [Peace of Mind Foundation]

Beyond the Blues: Postpartum OCD
This article discusses the symptoms of unwanted intrusive thoughts (e.g., harming the baby, etc.) that can lead mothers to suffer greatly due to the shame they feel. This article explains postpartum OCD and that treatment is available. You are not alone! [IOCDF]

Breastfeeding and Psychiatric Medications 

Breastfeeding & Psychiatric Medications
This link provides up-to-date information on breastfeeding and psychiatric medications (e.g., antidepressants, mood stabilizers, etc.). [Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health]