One of my passions is working with mothers in the postpartum period. There are many misconceptions around mental health after a baby is born. Today I’m here to bust some myths regarding postpartum mental health!
Myth #1: Postpartum mental health concerns can only occur within the few weeks after a baby is born.
The Truth: Postpartum mental health issues can start anytime in the first year after a baby is born. In fact there are several higher risk times for mental health concerns during the first year. These times periods are 1 month, 3-4 months, and 8-9 months postpartum.
Myth #2: I can’t take any medication for depression or anxiety until I’m done breastfeeding.
The Truth: There are many medications that are considered safe for breastfeeding. Deciding if you would like to take medication while breastfeeding is a deeply personal decision that you will make with your OB/Midwife, primary care provider, or other medical prescriber. What I can tell you is that I've seen many women feel a great deal of relief after starting a medication for anxiety or depression.
Do you think you might be struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety? Or perhaps you are struggling with the transition into parenting? If so, please reach out to me! I’d love to help support you during this difficult time.