Pregnancy is idealized in our society. Consequently, the challenges a woman can experience, both physical and emotional are kept quiet and come as quite a shock to most women and their partners when they encounter them.
In fact, the period around pregnancy and the postpartum period is a vulnerable one. At least one in seven women will experience a mood or anxiety disorder. Many pregnant woman experience worry, depression, sleep disorders, sadness, irritability and other symptoms that interfere with their well-being and enjoyment of life. Not only are these symptoms unpleasant in and of themselves, they are confusing and distressing. Compounding the distress are feelings of shame and embarrassment that cause many woman to suffer in silence. They say to themselves. “Isn’t this supposed to be a happy time? What’s wrong with me?” “Does this mean I’m going to be a bad mother?” Many women soldier on, but unfortunately, these symptoms, if left untreated put a woman at greater risk for developing a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder.
Not only is pregnancy a transformative time physically, but also psychologically. And, while we have systems in place through regular prenatal care to address the physical aspect of pregnancy, we do not have the mechanisms in place to help a woman and her partner prepare for the emotional and psychological changes of parenthood. Along with the miraculous changes in a woman’s body is the psychological work that begins to present itself with her natural progression from pregnancy to birth. Little by little (or like a ton of bricks), her view of life shifts and her understanding of her relationships and her own history begins to change.
And there is a lot of work to do to prepare for the birth of a child. Learn strategies and interventions that assist the pregnant woman in meeting these challenges and tasks; recognize the value of assessment for risk during pregnancy and the selection of interventions based on the assessment.
While it’s impossible to predict who will develop psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy, we now believe that is through a combination of risk factors.
Conduct a comprehensive Pregnancy Health Assessment:
Inflamation, risk for psychiatric illness
Most healthcare professionals are equipped to help women deal with the physical aspects of pregnancy. However, of equal, or maybe even greater importance to both the woman and her infant, is the value of her psychological well-being. My servicesaddress this important need. The program includes the normal, typical course of pregnancy, high-risk pregnancies, domestic violence, pregnant women with unresolved grief or loss, and those women experiencing depression or other mental health disruptions. Identify two psychological goals of pregnancy.
- Name Rubin’s four tasks of pregnancy & strategies that help the pregnant women accomplish tasks.
- Identify risk factors during pregnancy & the five levels of risk & interventions.
- Define attachment/bonding and list interventions that help them occur with the mom/baby.
- Describe the impact of maternal factors such as stress and depression on the pregnancy and fetus.
- Discuss major components of risk assessment during pregnancy.
The whole person:
If you believe you are suffering from symptoms described on this site, it is important that you talk with a healthcare professional. All symptoms, from mild to severe, are treatable with skilled professional help and support.
From Your individualized Pregnancy Wellness Plan. Throughout your pregnancy, I work collaboratively with your OB-GYN to ensure the healthiest possible pregnancy and postpartum period.