Pre- and Postpartum Depression

Newark support group for pre- and post-partum depression

Pre and post partum depression

A woman’s body undergoes drastic changes during pregnancy, and this surge of hormones can have an impact on her mental health. Pre- and postpartum depression, also known as “the baby blues”, are mood swings caused by hormonal fluctuations after childbirth.

Postpartum depression occurs in up to 80 percent of new mothers. While it is a common condition, it is nothing to take lightly. Every mother experiences this condition differently, and in severe cases, it can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder or the rare condition postpartum psychosis. For many women, postpartum depression will resolve itself within two weeks after childbirth, but if you experience symptoms any longer than that you should speak to your physician and consider joining a support group.

Do I have postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is similar to clinical depression. Many mothers feel guilty for their depression after the birth of their child, but it is important to remember that this is a physical problem and you should not be ashamed for having a natural reaction to hormonal changes. In addition, caring for a new baby takes can take a tremendous physical and mental toll, including feelings of fatigue, irritability, and anxiety. Managing depression while dealing with the new responsibilities in your life is a challenge, one that is difficult for everyone.

The following symptoms may indicate you are experiencing postpartum depression:

  • Inability to sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Panic attacks
  • Thoughts of harming yourself
  • Thoughts of harming your baby
  • Anxiety about your ability to raise a child
  • Fatigue and lethargy

As difficult as these symptoms can be, it is important to remember that you are not alone and there are people that can help.

The Maternal Depression Support Network

The Maternal Depression Support Network is a postpartum depression support group where mothers share their feelings and experiences. If you have been dealing with postpartum depression, this group offers you a chance to seek support from other women who understand what you’re going through.

Meetings are held at the Behavioral Health Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, 201 Lyons Avenue, Newark, NJ 07112. For more information or to schedule an initial appointment, please call Andrea Goldberg, LCSW at 973-926-7289. Most health insurance plans provide coverage.