Please know that these are all things that we can work through in the therapeutic environment with a pregnancy therapist. You CAN and WILL be an amazing mom and the fact that you are already contemplating all of these things tells me that you are reflective and willing to put your best foot forward into your transition to motherhood.
To further support you on your journey, here are five frequently asked questions on the topic of therapy during pregnancy:
Is it “normal” to experience mood or anxiety issues during pregnancy?
Pregnancy can impact mental health; hormonal changes and stress may exacerbate pre-existing conditions. Also, past childhood trauma can resurface as you begin to think about raising your own child. In addition, preparing for having your second child can also be a difficult transition that may cause strong emotions.
Ideally your medical provider will be asking you screening questions throughout your pregnancy to assess for mood or anxiety symptoms. If you have any questions about your mental health during pregnancy it is always a good idea to seek out an evaluation from a qualified therapist. Mood and anxiety issues during pregnancy are highly treatable!
What can impact a woman’s mental health during pregnancy?
A pregnant woman needs emotional support, understanding, and access to prenatal care. Open two-way communication with healthcare providers, partners, and support networks are also important pieces of the puzzle in supporting your mental health during pregnancy.
How can a pregnancy therapist help navigate concerns?
Specializing in pregnancy challenges, a pregnancy therapist offers a safe space to process emotions, provide coping strategies, and support the journey to motherhood. A qualified pregnancy therapist can also help you to emotionally prepare for the birth of your child, help you set up a plan to reduce the amount of stress in the postpartum period, and assist in navigating all of the emotions that come with being a new mom.
What is the role of pregnancy counseling?
Pregnancy counseling offers emotional support during pregnancy, addressing concerns and uncertainties to help build resilience for the transition to motherhood. Society teaches us that pregnancy is a time to be joyful and celebrate. While that is true in many cases, many women have conflicting feelings about pregnancy. They may be excited but also worried or stressed at the same time.
What makes someone a qualified pregnancy therapist?
While any licensed therapist can provide therapy, many of our clinicians have advanced training in perinatal mental health and have passed an exam indicating that they are a certified perinatal mental health clinician through Postpartum Support International (PSI).
Remember, you can and will be an amazing mom! To some extent we all question our abilities and if we can rise to the occasion and be the type of mom we want to be. Having a safe space to explore these thoughts assists in setting reasonable expectations for yourself.
Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns; we are here to support you.