Emotional Issues During Pregnancy

We are taught and believe that pregnancy is supposed to be a happy, wonderful experience. However, 5-20% of women will experience a Postpartum Mood or Anxiety Disorder (PMAD). It is sometimes difficult to know whether the pregnant woman is just experiencing symptoms of pregnancy, i.e. irritability due to discomfort, fatigue, mild stress, anxiety, etc. However, it is crucial to make this distinction for the health and well being of the mother and the baby. The main way to assess mood and anxiety issues is related to functioning. Do the symptoms interfere with the woman’s typical day-today functioning? If so, assessment and intervention by a healthcare professional is vital.

The most common complication following the birth of a baby (or babies) is a Postpartum Mood or Anxiety Disorder. The onset of these disorders are typically slow and gradual with peak intensity between the second and third month. Symptoms include; changes in appetite, insomnia or fragmented sleep, frequent crying, mood swings, fatigue, irritability, loss of sexual interest, negative, scary or intrusive thoughts, physical agitation, intense anxiety or panic attacks, loss of concentration, feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness, feelings of anger, shame or guilt, thought of harming yourself or the baby.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please seek the advice of your physician or health care provider. The guidance and information on this website can not be substituted for a medical professional.

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