Seeking Care and Support for Perinatal Mental Health Concerns
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April 08, 2024

What should I do if I’m struggling with mental health in pregnancy or postpartum?

Pregnancy and postpartum are times of intense change, and feelings of isolation are common. Things may feel very unfamiliar, and people who want to support you may not know how. If you're struggling, here are a few actions you can take today. And if you're pregnant or planning to be pregnant, consider taking some of these actions now as part of your postpartum planning process. make a plan, call on the people that care about you, build your team.

  1. Check in with yourself. Take  a  breath in and out. feel your chest/belly move. Feel your body rooted into the ground (or the chair, the bed, etc) you're safe. you're not alone. You're doing such a great job. You’re going to be okay. 
  2. Share with people you trust: partner, friend, family member, doula, therapist —  share with people around you so they can support you.
  3. Ask for what you need. Think: what would make my life easier in this moment? 
    • to not have to worry about dinner for the next few days
    • to have help researching therapists or support groups online
    • a break to take a shower, lie down alone, or get fresh air outside
  4. Connect to the quality, culturally competent care you deserve.

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are very treatable. 

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