What Expectant Moms Need to Know About Mental Health During and After Pregnancy

Major depressive episodes during pregnancy and the year after a birth, known as the perinatal period, are common, affecting up to 1 in 5 U.S. women. More than half of these women go undiagnosed and 85% are untreated, which can lead to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. In the most severe cases, perinatal depression can increase the risk for a mother to end her own life or that of her child

Importance of mental healthcare for new mothers

Pregnancy promises to be a memorable journey in a woman’s life. During this period, a woman can experience several emotions from happiness, sadness, anxiety, and excitement. These can overwhelm her, especially if she is vulnerable and unable to find the support she needs. Although these feelings tend to go away on their own, for some, they might become severe and require medical attention.

The trauma new moms bear and why they feel forgotten

Anxiety, isolation, grief and trauma — these are some of the words new moms are using to describe their pregnancy and postpartum experience during the pandemic, and they say steps toward normal life are just as daunting.

A rise in postpartum mental health challenges during pandemic brings new local supports

When Robyn Currie pictured having a baby, she imagined mom-and-baby yoga classes, hanging out with other new parents and relaxing in coffee shops while her new child took a nap. Instead, she experienced social isolation, physical distancing and a bunch of cancelled programs. Realizing her expectations wouldn’t come to fruition left her grappling with grief, loneliness and depression.

Uncovering the urgent need for postpartum mental health care in Canada

Well-being during the first year after childbirth can have long-term effects on mothers and children alike. It’s also a period when mothers are at higher risk of developing mental illness, and the pandemic has only exacerbated those risks.