Let It Out, Mama.
Crying and sadness is perfectly normal after pregnancy and birth.
So is feeling irritable, having mood swings, withdrawing socially, and seeing a dip in your energy or motivation.
Sometimes, however, these issues don't go away on their own.
With Help, You Can Get Better.
The Baby Blues
"The Baby Blues" refer to hormonal and emotional changes during the first two weeks after giving birth. During this time, hormones plummet to pre-pregnancy levels, which interferes with emotional regulation. About 80% of people who give birth experience this. The Baby Blues typically resolve on their own within the first two weeks postpartum. If symptoms persist, it's likely that a Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) is present.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders ("PMADs") refer to clinical symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Trauma, and Bipolar Disorder that are more severe and longer in duration than The Baby Blues. It's not "just" Postpartum Depression. PMADs can onset at any time during the first year after giving birth and can affect all types of birthing people. PMADs are very common and will impact up to 20% of people who give birth.
It Takes A Village
Root To Rise Counseling is proud to work closely with these local businesses and organizations who also serve the mothers and babies of our community: