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Pregnancy and Postpartum


It is supposed to be one of the happiest moments in your life, right?  Maybe you struggled for months to get pregnant. Maybe it happened right away.  Everyone around you seems to be excited, but you are wracked with feelings of anxiety and worry or overcome sadness or emptiness.  How can it be that what should be one of the happiest times in your life feels like one of the worst?  Maybe you even wish that you could undo the whole thing! It can all feel so isolating. But, understand that you are not the only one to struggle with these feelings; it turns out that depression and anxiety during pregnancy are far more common than you ever imagined! If you are open to getting help, it can get better. You can experience some relief. You can get support and encouragement and learn strategies to manage your depression and anxiety.


Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

I think I made a terrible mistake.  Everything feels unmanageable and overwhelming.

I don't feel like I'm bonding with my baby.  Maybe I'm not cut out to be a mom.  

I am so angry all of the time.  I feel panicked about everything related to the baby.

I can't sleep, even when the baby sleeps.  My mind just won't shut off. 

I keep having these awful thoughts and images about something bad happening to the baby. 

If you have had any of the above thoughts, it is possible that you may be suffering with postpartum depression or anxiety disorder. While we seldom talk openly about these things, many women struggle to adjust during the postpartum period. In fact, 1 in 7 women experience depression or anxiety after the birth of a baby!  There is reason to have hope, though!  Postpartum depression and anxiety disorders are highly treatable conditions.  With treatment, the women I work with get better.   If you are struggling please know that there is help available.  Reach out now!  


More information about Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety 

Postpartum Support International (PSI)  www.postpartum.net   Hotline: 1-800-944-4PPD.

Postpartum Progress http://www.postpartumprogress.com

Mass General Women’s Health http://www.womensmentalhealth.org

Information on the use of medication while breastfeeding or pregnant

Motherisk http://www.motherrisk.org

MotherToBaby http://www.mothertobaby.org

Mass General Women’s Health http://www.womensmentalhealth.org


Books on Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety 

This Isn’t What I Expected:Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Raskin

Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety by Shoshana Bennett and Pec Indman

Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood  by Karen Kleiman & Amy Wenzel

The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for living with Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman

Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression by Brooke Sheilds

Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder by Dyane Harwood

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions  by Pamela Wiegartz  and Kevin Gyoehrke

Pregnant on Prozac: The Essential Guide to Making the Best Decision for You and Your Baby by Shoshana Bennett, PhD

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Erin Jameson Saltzburg, MSSW, LCSW is an experienced clinician with a focus on Maternal and Reproductive Mental Health.  Click here for more information on her philosophy, experience and training. 

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