How to Help a Friend With Postpartum Depression

Dr. Sarah AllenNews About Pregnancy Anxiety and Postpartum Depression

How to Help a Friend With Postpartum Depression

Most moms experience the baby blues right after they give birth, but postpartum depression, a more severe disorder, likely affects at least one new mom you know. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of all new mothers are affected by PPD and anxiety, and suffer from feelings of inadequacy, tearfulness, guilt and fatigue—all of which can take a toll. “Depression lies to us, and … Read More

What Are The Baby Blues?

Dr. Sarah AllenPostpartum Depression Blog

If you are reading this you have probably recently had a baby. Are you feeling less joy than you expected to?  One of the myths of motherhood is that we will enjoy every moment and also that as soon as you deliver, you will look down and bond with your little one. Yes, having a baby can be joyful, their … Read More

Is It Postpartum Depression Or Something Else?

Dr. Sarah AllenPostpartum Depression Blog

Is It Postpartum Depression Or Something Else?

Types of Pregnancy & Postpartum Mood Disorders In this article, which is a chapter from my free downloadable booklet called A Guide To Pregnancy & Postpartum Stress, Anxiety & Depression, I describe the different symptoms and types of mood disorders that can happen either during pregnancy or after having a baby. The most commonly known is Postpartum Depression but there … Read More

How To Support A New Mom Who Is Struggling With Postpartum Depression

Dr. Sarah AllenPostpartum Depression Blog

How To Support A New Mom Who Is Struggling With Postpartum Depression

Having a baby is a huge life transition and for approximately 1 in 7 women it can lead to them experiencing anxiety and/or depression. Less commonly, difficult childbirth can trigger post traumatic stress symptoms (PTSD) for approximately 6% of women and 3-5% of new moms experience obsessive-compulsive (OCD) symptoms. Read the entire article here.

C-section scars can be psychological too: ‘What did I do wrong?

Dr. Sarah AllenNews About Pregnancy Anxiety and Postpartum Depression

Emily Keber-Goldrick remembers the moment she was told she needed a C-section. The Bucktown mom initially hoped for a water birth, with a plan detailed down to lavender oil. But while pregnant with her son Rowan in 2014, she developed pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening pregnancy complication. Doctors monitored her closely, she said, and after 28 hours of labor and with her son’s … Read More