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Women can experience depression and anxiety before, during and after pregnancy. By learning to recognize and understand Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD), women can seek support from their family and friends and get medical help.

Learn About PMD

Adrienne's Story

  Adrienne Richardson  

After her son's birth, Adrienne's stress and anxiety combined with a lack of sleep led her to doubt her decision to become a mother.

Watch her story.



What can a woman with a perinatal mood disorder do to cope?

There are several things a woman suffering from a PMD can do. She should talk openly with her spouse, family, friends and healthcare providers. She should ask for help with baby care, eat a health diet, exercise for more energy, and consider joining a postpartum support group.

There is no need for women to struggle alone. Many new mothers feel out of control, but with help they get back on track and feel good again.

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Supporters' Corner

Although they play a major role in helping mothers recover from perinatal mood disorders, partners can get depressed too.

While the new mother receives the proper attention and care she needs, partners need to be aware of their own mental well-being.

Partners should not be afraid to talk to a friend, physician or counselor or to find a new parent support group that welcomes both parents.


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