Postpartum

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Postpartum

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When Life After Having a Baby is Not How You Expected

You thought it would be love at first sight. You are supposed to be happy—after all, having a baby of your own is what you have dreamed of for a long time. Now, your life has been turned upside down by a screaming, pooping, insatiable insomniac, and all you feel is empty, disconnected, angry, and exhausted. None of this is how you imagined it would be and you miss your old life.

Lately your connection with your partner is missing and you are fighting more instead. Sometimes, you experience vivid images about something terrifying happening to your baby. When you have time to sleep, you are kept awake by racing thoughts, or are constantly checking if the baby is still breathing.

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You worry you can’t tell anyone about these thoughts and feelings because they might judge you as a bad parent, or worse, try to take your baby away.

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At least 1 in 5 women experience a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMADs), and about 1 in 10 of new dads experience them, too. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are manageable and treatable when the appropriate support is in place. Our therapists at Reproductive Mental Health and Wellness have specialized training in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)–also referred to as Postpartum Depression or Postpartum Anxiety. Several of us have experienced PMADs ourselves. We are here to help you understand and work through these difficult feelings, build strategies to feel better, and experience the joy you hoped parenthood would bring.