Here is a brief list of some of the situations addressed at Mothers Care:
Adjusting and preparing during pregnancy: Nesting is the instinct to get your home ready for your baby’s arrival. This powerful and productive urge can be applied to your emotional life. “Emotional Nesting” is the process of emotionally preparing for your baby’s arrival, including addressing aspects of life that could negatively affect your pregnancy, birthing and the new parent experience. A past trauma, a current stressor, or new feelings can negatively affect the pregnancy experience. Also addressed are depression and anxiety in a past pregnancy or postpartum. Many women find this type of preparation empowering and preventative.
Adjusting after baby: After your baby is born, sometimes it can feel like you just experienced an earthquake….. everything has shifted…couple and family functioning, workload, biology, self-image and everyday schedules are all different. Sometimes the birth experience and life afterwards is radically different than expected. Addressing the aspects that “ feel out of place” can help to adjust to all the changes that have occurred.
Importance of Sleep: Sleep is a barometer of health during pregnancy and postpartum. If you are exhausted and you have the opportunity to sleep and you cannot, this is a RED flag. An example of this is that everyone in the home, including the baby, is sleeping, you’re exhausted and you cannot sleep. If you are experiencing this, it is recommended that you seek out an assessment immediately.
Anxiety: Anxiety can increase during pregnancy and postpartum. Thoughts and worries can be overwhelming, alarming and interrupt daily functioning. Sometimes women feel agitated and aggravated, this can be accompanied by panic and general unease. This is exacerbated by exhaustion/inability to sleep.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strongly associated with anxiety, some women experience intrusive and repetitive thoughts during pregnancy and after birth. These thoughts can be alarming and are that is at times associated with compulsive or avoidant behavior that may be new or reoccurring symptoms experienced prior to pregnancy.
Depression: During pregnancy and postpartum, some women experience periods of overwhelming feelings such as sadness, guilt, worthlessness and disorientation. They may have changes in their appetite, weight and sleep can be affected. Women often report “feeling flat” or “not like themselves.” Anxiety can accompany depression.
Bipolar Disorder: Becoming pregnant after being diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder can have many considerations. At Mothers Care we work with women to creating a comprehensive plan to address both physical and psychological needs during pregnancy and postpartum.
After a miscarriage or stillborn birth, neonatal or early infant death: Understandably a woman and her partner can experience so many emotions after such a loss. The shock, sadness, and grief can be accompanied by self-doubt and sometimes self-blame. Women and couples often feel alone and isolated experiencing hormonal changes and the reminders of the pregnancy and the baby. Looking forward to future pregnancy can be fraught with a mixture of courage, hope, grief, and trepidation.
If you are experiencing any of these situations, during pregnancy or postpartum, you are not alone. Many women experience a range of emotions that they did not expect to feel. At Mothers Care, support and strategies are designed to improve mood, to reduce stress and to help you to have the parenting experience you envision.
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