In our culture, we tend to celebrate pregnancy as a wonderful season of hope and joy. Unfortunately for some pregnant women, this is not the case.
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 14–23% of women will experience symptoms of depression during pregnancy. Whether due to hormonal changes, normal life stressors, previous mental health issues, family conflict, pregnancy complications, past experiences of infertility and pregnancy/infant loss, or any other trauma, pregnancy can be challenging.
Women who experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy, deserve our attention, care, and support.
If you are pregnant and are concerned about how you’re feeling, know that you are not alone and you are not to blame. There is help available. Therapy in particular can be a useful tool for managing emotions and challenges during your pregnancy as well as in the postpartum.
If you want to talk about how you’re feeling during pregnancy, or to set up an appointment, please contact me.