OB/GYN, obstetrics, gynecology

How to combat perinatal anxiety disorders

For many expecting parents, pregnancy is an exciting time. The thought of a new baby fills most mothers and fathers with wonder and joy.

At Signature Medical Group, we’re happy to play a part. You can trust our knowledgeable OB/GYNs to give you the best care in all aspects of your pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

We’re also ready to help if you happen to struggle with a perinatal mental health concern leading up to or in the year following childbirth.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) is the primary medical complication related to childbearing, but it doesn’t get a lot of attention.

Postpartum depression is well-known but PMAD is the new, more inclusive and accurate term for a spectrum of disorders that includes postpartum depression. Depression and anxiety disorders can develop during pregnancy and up to one year after childbirth.

One in seven women will suffer from PMAD, although most cases are undetected and undertreated. And it isn’t only mothers at risk. Fathers, same sex parents, adoptive parents and surrogates can be affected as well.

At Signature Medical Group, our behavioral health experts as well as our OB/GYNs are here for you.

PMAD can occur in people with no previous history of anxiety or depression. Anyone can show signs of these clinical disorders regardless of risk factors. There is an increased risk of PMAD for people with a difficult or traumatic pregnancy or birth or a previous history of a mental health disorder.

At Signature, we know pregnancy and the arrival of a baby can be filled with stress and change. However, if your mental health is affecting you daily or altering the way you take care of yourself or your child, we are happy to support you.

Make an appointment today, and start to feel better.

If you are suffering from PMAD, it is important to remember what health experts stress: “You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.”

For more information, visit Postpartum Support International.