Getting Help

Perinatal Mood Disorders, like most forms of mental & physical illness do not have a quick fix. Several things usually need to be employed for full healing an recovery to occur. As well, different things work for different people. Keep all of this in mind as you read below.
As always, if you are not feeling like yourself, are uncertain about anything you are experiencing, your situation is becoming severe, and/or you are feeling scared, Please talk to someone and get help!

Medical Interventions:
-Talk to your Obstetrician if you are experiencing any of the Symptoms listed here during your pregnancy.
Or talk to your Obstetrician at your 6 week follow-up check-up.
-Talk to your Family Doctor about what your are experiencing.
Ask questions, ask for referrals, be inquisitive.
-Talk to your baby's Pediatrician when at a check-up.
-Ask for a referral to see a Psychiatrist if you or your doctor feel you may need anti-depressants.
-Make an appointment with a Psychologist or Therapist to talk about what you are experiencing and feeling.
-Talk to a Mental Health Nurse at your local Health Clinic.
**If you feel at any point in time that you have not been taken seriously by your Healthcare professional, or are dis-satisfied with the information and help you have received, please get a second or third opinion. If you can, see a different healthcare Professional**

Holistic Interventions:
-Make an appointment to see a Naturopathic Doctor to learn about supplements you can take to help with symptoms you are experiencing.
-Go and see a Nutritionist to learn ways you can improve your diet and eat for Brain Health.
-Alternative therapies such as Reiki, Acupuncture and Massage can be quite helpful.
-Different forms of Art Therapy can also be an excellent route for healing.
-Exercise is crucial for good mental health. Things like Yoga, Dance and Running are great.
Any form of exercise will release endorphin into the brain that will help with mood.

Community Supports:
-Go to a Postnatal Class
-Join a Moms group
-Go to a Support Group
-Reach out to Community Resources in your area

Self Care:
-Please do yourself the favor of learning everything you can about Perinatal Mood Disorders. You can do so by reading on this website, other similar websites, and books that have information about maternal mental health.
-Reduce stress in your life in the ways that you can.
-Have realistic expectations of yourself, your baby, and your partner.
-Take advice from Family and Friends with a grain of salt.
-Try your best to get as much rest and sleep as possible.
-Work to replace the nutrients that have been depleted in your body during pregnancy and nursing
by taking vitamins and eating a healthy diet.
-Develop some coping mechanisms for the times when you are feeling overwhelmed or exhausted. Examples might be: keeping a book you love handy to do a bit of reading whenever you can, Having a relaxing bath at the end of the day, Listening to music you love to help reduce stress, Going for a walk, Keeping an enjoyable hobby handy (ie: knitting, scrapbooking, painting etc...).

Four components of Self Care & Good Mental Health:
-Consistant Good Nights Sleep
-Nutritious Diet
-Regular Exercise
-Nature & Sunshine

Believe that Life is worth living, And your Belief will help create the Fact!
~William James~