Perinatal Mental Health & Postnatal Depression
Significant life events do not always bring us complete joy, even when they are positive ones. For all of us, having a baby is one of the most significant life events and requires a rapid adjustment in many areas. For women, they need to adjust not only to changes in their bodies, but also sleep and other daily routines, financial commitments, relationships and so on.
Pregnancy and the first year following childbirth are called the Perinatal Period, and this is the time when women are more likely to experience emotional and mental health issues. Their partners and families may also be affected by this significant event. So, it is important to check if you (and your family members) are okay.
If you are not sure you are coping with adjustment in the perinatal period, take this short mental health checklist for mums.
Perinatal Mental Health Disorders
Mental health issues in the perinatal period may be:
Perinatal Mental Health – Known Risk Factors
Perinatal Issues in Men
Both women and men can experience perinatal mental health issues. Generally, anxiety and depression are reported high in the perinatal period among men; however, the rate isn’t significantly higher for men than at other times unless their partners are also experiencing perinatal depression. If a man’s partner is experiencing perinatal depression, the likelihood he will experience anxiety or depression is increased by 50%.