The entire period of pregnancy up to one year after delivery is described as the perinatal period. Many physical and emotional changes occur before and after giving birth. Most women experience mixed and often contradictory feelings, which gradually diminish as they settle into the new routines of motherhood.
Some women, however, experience sadness, anxiety, depression, frustration and other disturbing emotions. When these symptoms persist and a mood disorder develops, professional help is often necessary. Mood disorders cause distress and adversely affect daily functioning and personal relationships. If left untreated, they can have long-term, adverse effects on the baby. Fortunately, effective treatment is readily available.
At Shibley Psychology we can help you successfully deal with the adjustments of motherhood. Whether you are trying to conceive, struggling with your pregnancy or suffering from perinatal mood disorders, talking with a qualified professional will help you develop healthy coping skills and improve the quality of your life and that of your baby. If you are experiencing relationship difficulties or are feeling unsupported at home, couples counseling can also be extremely beneficial.