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Pregnancy Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorder

Understanding PMADs?

The term used to describe distressing feelings that occur during pregnancy (perinatal) and throughout the first year after pregnancy (postpartum). Feelings can be mild, moderate or severe. Without treatment, symptoms may last a few weeks, several months or even years, depending on the severity. If you are currently pregnant and experiencing any of these feelings and/or mood disorders, help is available. Contact your medical provider and see the “How We Can Help” section below.

Wait, isn’t that just the “Baby Blues”?

No, PMAD and Baby Blues are two different things.

It’s normal to experience a period of adjustment after giving birth. Approximately 50 percent to 80 percent of new mothers experience mood swings and weepiness during the first two to three weeks after giving birth. With time, patience, good self-care (sleeping, eating, hydrating, etc.), and the positive support of family and friends, symptoms will often fluctuate and usually disappear within a few days or weeks after birth.If these symptoms persist for more than 2-3 weeks, speak to your doctor about your symptoms.

Baby Blues refers to the following:
  • Having trouble staying asleep
  • Having trouble thinking clearly, or feeling out of touch
  • Feeling very nervous around the baby
  • Becoming easily annoyed and/or angry and not understanding why
  • Feeling that nothing will ever be the same
  • Not feeling like yourself
  • Crying often and not always for a reason
  • Having trouble falling asleep
  • Feeling very tired

How can we help?

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Black Mothers United is designed to uplift, support, and center the experience of African American/Black women as they navigate pregnancy. Pregnancy Coaches work with each participant to establish an individualized plan that prioritizes the specific needs.

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An opportunity to work with African American doulas who get it.

Referrals to trusted community partners

Mental health professionals and other resources to address needs.

Mommy Mingles

Monthly virtual space to learn about different topics unique to African American mothers.

Supporting Mothers

How does this help?

Studies shows that women who have social support throughout their pregnancy are less likely to experience symptoms of PMAD. Interventions, such as peer support groups, during pregnancy, reduced depression post-pregnancy. More needs to be done in all spheres of health care to effectively work with and support African American women.

Understanding Postpartum

This book addresses mothers’ disorders, emotions, and behaviors in the postpartum period and ways to combat the negative symptoms that arise. I like to think of it as all the things we don’t want to discuss but most certainly should.

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