Perinatal Mood Disorder
Perinatal Mood Disorder: Perinatal Mood Disorders are related to your mood and anxiety symptoms that occur during pregnancy or up to one year postpartum.
Types of Perinatal Mood Disorder
Definition of Baby Blues: A brief period of anxiety, mood swings and sadness which occurs in some women after delivery and usually resolves within a week.
Definition of Postpartum Depression: Intense feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue.
Postpartum Depression knows NO boundaries: it affects all races, all ages, all professions, genders, and all economic status levels. Strong, intelligent women have Postpartum Depression (PPD).
Women with any of the perinatal mood disorders need not feel alone.This type of depression is the most common complication of childbearing. Some symptoms or emotions might include:
- Loss of appetite
- Intense irritability or anger
- Overwhelming fatigue
- Loss of interest in sex
- Lack of joy in life
- Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
- Severe mood swings
If you think you have any of these symptoms or emotions, you should call your provider right away for an appointment.
Perinatal Support Group
You are not alone. The Bronson BirthPlace offers a support group for pregnant and post-partum women that are experiencing unexpected and challenging mood changes and emotions during this time. A healthcare professional, trained in perinatal support, will facilitate the meetings in a safe, caring and non-judgemental environment. Support persons and babies are welcome to attend with you.
Click here for meeting dates, times and locations
Postpartum Support International
Visit the website
Or call 1-800-944-4773
(also available in Spanish)
US National Library of Medicine
Post-Partum Depression Stress Center
Website information for Fathers