You just found out you are pregnant.
You are feeling sad or anxious, but you think you should be happy after hearing the news.
You worry about EVERYTHING and just can’t seem to slow your racing thoughts down.
You feel DISCONNECTED from your partner.
You have a history of anxiety or depression and worry it will get worse during your pregnancy
You wonder what your new IDENTITY will be as a mother.
Your friends can’t seem to relate to what you are going through.
You sometimes think:
“Why do I feel like this?”
“Am I going to be a good mother?”
“Maybe I shouldn’t have gotten pregnant”
“Why do I worry about everything?”
“Will my baby be ok?”
“Will my partner be a good parent?”
Having a baby is one of the biggest life changes a women can experience. We all have expectations of what having a baby will be like and it is common to feel anxious, sad and overwhelmed during pregnancy. You are trying to adjust to the physical, emotional and hormonal changes your body is going though and wondering, “Can I do this?” It can all feel like TOO MUCH!
Do you find yourself:
- Feeling sad
- Having racing thoughts you can’t seem to “turn off”
- Feeling angry or irritable with those around you
- Feeling hopeless about the future
- Struggling to get out of bed or not being able to sleep at all
- Having scary or intrusive thoughts
- Feeling disconnected from your partner
- Isolating yourself from family & friends
- Not feeling like “yourself” and not enjoying the things that you used to love
- Having physical symptoms like and not knowing if they are related to your pregnancy
We typically consider pregnancy as an exciting and joyful time for women. Most of us dream about getting pregnant and think of shopping for cute baby clothes and setting up a nursery. However, up to 20% of women suffer from depression or anxiety during pregnancy. Some women have been treated in the past for anxiety or depression, but others will experience these symptoms for the first time. It is common to confuse these new feelings as part of pregnancy or JUST HORMONES, and it often goes untreated as a result.
You are not alone! We are here to help support you and help you find happiness and balance during your pregnancy and planning for motherhood!
Our therapists help identify the roadblocks you are facing during your pregnancy and help you prepare for becoming a parent. We support both you and your partner, helping to navigate through the new and often overwhelming feelings of pregnancy and preparing for your new life ahead.
Counseling for pregnancy can help:
- Provide support
- Teach you tools to manage the overwhelming feelings related to pregnancy and preparing for motherhood
- Feel more connected to your pregnancy and partner
- Reduce worry and help you be more present in your life
- Prioritize your own self-care and find balance in pregnancy
- Reduce physical symptoms related to depression and anxiety
- Connect you to a tribe of other women struggling with similar issues
- Develop a plan for support during the postpartum period
At Passages, we use a combined approach of effective strategies to help support you through your pregnancy. We tailor our treatment based on your needs and use a blend of evidenced-based modalities including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).
You are not alone! We are here to help support you and help you find happiness and balance during your pregnancy and preparing for motherhood!