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Understanding Mood Changes During Pregnancy and Postpartum: Signs, Symptoms, and Support for Perinatal Mental Health

Motherhood is a journey filled with moments of joy, wonder, and unconditional love. But it's also a journey marked by challenges, uncertainties, and moments of doubt. One of the most common challenges faced by mothers is mood changes during pregnancy and postpartum.

As mothers ourselves, we understand the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with bringing a new life into the world. The excitement of pregnancy can quickly turn into anxiety and fear, while the overwhelming love for our newborns is often accompanied by feelings of exhaustion and self-doubt.

It's okay to feel this way.

You are not alone in your struggles, and there is support available to help you navigate this challenging time.

Mother kissing newborn child in a black and white photo depicting mood changes in the postpartum season
Writer Dena Tibsherany kissing her newborn baby in the emotional postpartum season

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are conditions that can affect mothers during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum. These disorders include postpartum depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD, and they can have a significant impact on a mother's well-being and daily functioning.

Signs and symptoms of PMADs vary from person to person but may include feelings of sadness, irritability, anxiety, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, and intrusive thoughts. It's important for mothers to recognize these symptoms and seek help if they are struggling.

Building a strong support network is crucial for mothers experiencing mood changes during pregnancy and postpartum. Surrounding yourself with understanding friends, family members, and healthcare providers can provide the support and encouragement you need to navigate this challenging time.

Remember, you are not alone in your journey.

There is help available, and brighter days are ahead.

If you're struggling with mood changes during pregnancy or postpartum, don't hesitate to reach out to a trusted friend, family member, or healthcare provider for support.

For additional resources and support on perinatal mental health, consider exploring organizations like Postpartum Support International and local support groups in your area. These resources offer a safe space for mothers to connect with others who may be experiencing similar challenges, providing understanding, acceptance, and encouragement when it's needed most.

Additionally, if you're in Arizona and seeking personalized support, I am a licensed perinatal mental health therapist offering therapy services to residents in the state. I also provide motherhood coaching services to individuals worldwide through my Empowered Mamas Club community and my program, the Empowered First Year, which equips you with the tools and resources for an empowered emotional, social, and relational postpartum season.

If you're interested in learning more about mood changes during pregnancy and postpartum, we invite you to listen to our latest podcast episode, Season 2 Episode 8, on the Empower 2 Heal Podcast. It's a safe space where we share stories, insights, and support for mothers everywhere. Together, we can break the stigma surrounding maternal mental health and create a supportive community where every mother feels heard, understood, and valued.


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