to the homepage of The Center For Postpartum Adjustment. Please
navigate through our links to gather an understanding of perinatal
you know: Symptoms of depression and anxiety occur in ten
to twenty percent of expectant new mothers. This means that these
emotional symptoms are the most common complication of pregnancy,
affecting up to 800,000 women per year in the USA.
Did you know: Postpartum depression (PPD) is an
“umbrella term” used to cover a variety of emotional
problems that can affect the mother. They include: Baby Blues,
Postpartum Adjustment Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum
Anxiety and/or Panic Disorder, Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Postpartum Psychosis.
Did you know: Perinatal depression and anxiety
can occur during pregnancy and up to the first year after
the birth or adoption of a baby. It can happen
to ANY WOMAN! Age, education, culture and socioeconomic status are
Did you know: 50-80% of ALL new mothers will experience
the “Baby Blues”. The distress experienced by many women
can be very unsettling: frequent and prolonged crying, restlessness,
irritability and anxiety are the most frequently seen symptoms.
It usually occurs within the first 3 days following birth, may continue
a few weeks, and is usually self-limiting.
Did you know: Nearly 20% of ALL new mothers will
experience postpartum depression with symptoms ranging from mild
to severe. New mothers are seldom prepared for the uphill battle
in the weeks and months following childbirth. It is a time of mental,
emotional and physical adjustment. Maternal mental illness
is not a weakness or character flaw. Women are not to blame!!
Did you know: PPD can strike more than once. If
a woman experiences PPD after one pregnancy, she is likely to experience
it again after future births.
the past, perinatal mood disorders were overlooked and even ignored.
Today, things are different. Contemporary medical and psychological
professionals are increasingly aware of the damage that these disorders
can cause during the emotional and hormonal roller coster of pregnancy
and childbirth. The first step is identifying the symptoms
and knowing that you are not alone.