Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Not Just Postpartum Depression
Smith, MPH, ICCE, IBCLC, RLC
In the past, it was considered part of having a baby that led to what was called the “Baby Blues.” We recognized that women often felt moody, sad, or tired and even acknowledged that some women got postpartum depression. These conditions were attributed to hormones and generally thought to be transient; nothing to be concerned about.
Today, we know that pregnancy, postpartum, and even breastfeeding can lead to Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD). PMAD is the number one medical complication in late pregnancy and postpartum. PMAD can come on at any point in pregnancy and even after the first year post birth.
Although no one wants to experience this, there is good news in that research and clinical practice have led to better diagnosis and treatment. PMAD does not have to be the silent disease of the past. This session will explore these mood and anxiety disorders, look at treatments and options, and provide allied health professionals with ways to support pregnant and new moms.