Self-care: Make adjustments in your life to reduce stress, such as get exercise, sleep more, or make changes in your diet including drinking lots of water.
Peer Support: Talk to friends and family members who have experienced depression or anxiety during pregnancy. You will quickly learn that you are not alone.
Support Groups: These are groups that meet regularly and are facilitated by a licensed clinician and/or a peer. Facilitators bring topics for conversation and participants leave with more information and friendships with other pregnant people.
Individual Psychotherapy: One-on-one therapy with a psychologist, clinical social worker, or therapist is a safe place to share all your feelings and thoughts about your pregnancy.
Medication: Some expectant parents require medication to manage their depression and/or anxiety and feel like themselves again.
There is not one right way. Each birthing person has their own unique needs and circumstances. Some mothers may need all of the help listed here; others may only need a derivative of one. Ask your healthcare professional what treatment options are available and you can decide together what steps you should take. Or, call Postpartum Support International’s Warm line: 1-800-944-4773
Remember — asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Maternal Mental Health NOW’s resources are not a replacement for professional care. Please review all care choices with your healthcare professional.