May is Mental Health Awareness Month and also when we take time to celebrate our mothers. 

 

For those with children, those expecting, those trying, and those on the various stages of their women’s health journey, we are honored and privileged to serve you as your trusted OB/GYN in Logan, Utah

 

We also understand the stigma and fear that so many women face when it comes to maternal mental health. We’re here to support and remind you that you are not alone and offer help and support when you need it most. 

 

So in light of Mental Health Month, let’s learn more about maternal mental health and what those struggling can do to connect with community, support, love, and healing. 

 

Maternal Mental Health Diagnosis And Treatment 

 

It’s common for women to experience “baby blues” after giving birth. This typically includes feeling tired, weepy, stressed, anxious, sad, or lonely for a brief time. 

 

However, postpartum depression is a common, significantly more serious condition that affects around 1 in 7 women. For over half of women diagnosed with PPD, it is their first time dealing with depression. And about half of women later diagnosed with PPD may have started experiencing symptoms during pregnancy. Postpartum psychosis, a condition involving psychotic symptoms like hallucinations or delusion, is a separate, very rare disorder. 

 

So how can you tell the difference between baby blues and PPD? Here are some signs to look for. 

 

First, PPD doesn’t go away on its own and persists for days or months after giving birth if left untreated. PPD makes it extremely difficult to make it through the day and can affect a woman’s ability to care for her baby.

 

Women with PPD may experience the following:

 

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • A racing mind or thoughts that scare them
  • A loss of interest in things they used to enjoy, including sex and intimacy
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Uncontrollable sadness or crying
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and not being a good mother
  • Significant changes in eating habits
  • Mood swings—including excessive anger, agitation, or irritability
  • Fear or distrust of oneself being left alone with the baby
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping excessively
  • Cognitive difficulties, like concentrating, memory, or decision making
  • Feeling numb or disconnected from the baby or other loved ones
  • Thoughts of hurting oneself or the baby

 

PPD can affect women of any circumstance, age, ethnicity, or any other diversifying factor. Risk factors for PPD can include changing hormone levels after childbirth, stress involved with caring for a newborn, an infant who is difficult to comfort or has special needs or feeding or sleeping issues, first time motherhood, outside emotional stresses in one’s personal life, isolation or lack of support, financial or employment problems, previous depression or anxiety, and family history of mental illness or depression. 

 

There are many effective treatment options for PPD, including psychotherapy and antidepressant medication. Your healthcare provider can also help you develop skills to manage and cope with PPD.

 

What To Do If You Or A Loved One Is Suffering 

 

First, remember not to face PPD alone. Talk openly about your feelings with a loved one, and seek help from your doctor. It can also help to join a support group for mothers and connect with support in your personal circles to help care for both you and your child.

 

Remember that postpartum depression is not your fault. It is a very real, very treatable psychological disorder. There is hope ahead. Early detection and treatment can make a significant difference. Don’t suffer alone—get help today. 

 

Contact our OB/GYN in Logan, Utah for any maternal mental health questions or concerns. We’re here to support you

 

FOR OUR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIESInformation Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Cache Valley Women’s Center remains committed to providing high-quality and compassionate care while ensuring the safety and well-being of our patients and staff. As our knowledge of COVID-19 grows, we look at everything we can do to keep our communities healthy. This requires frequent updating and revising of our policies.

Patients are allowed to bring ONE person to ALL visits.

AS A REMINDER:

  • This person needs to be over the age of 18 or a newborn baby in a carrier.
  • Please make arrangements before your appointment (this includes walk in visits for any blood work being done) for your children who are under 18.

Although masks are no longer required, they are still encouraged during your visit—especially for those who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that anyone experiencing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, loss of sense of taste or smell, or muscle aches and pains to please call and reschedule your appointment. For those who have tested positive for Covid-19, please reschedule your appointment 14 days out from your first day of symptoms. If you still have symptoms at that time, you will be asked to wear a mask to your appointment, regardless of vaccination status.

We are continuing to follow social distancing guidelines. If our waiting room exceeds the amount we feel comfortable with at any time, you may be asked to wait in your car and we will text or call you when we have a room ready for you. Thank you for being so patient and understanding with our many changes in policies. Our main concern is always the safety of our patients and staff and we will do our best to keep everyone healthy, happy, and comfortable while in our office.

We will continue to exercise caution and encourage best practices for the safety of our patients and staff. There will be hand sanitizer readily available in all areas and frequent and proper hand washing. We will also continue to clean and sanitize our waiting room, exam rooms, checkout area, and other patient care areas. Essential PPE and masks will still be available for our patients upon request.

Please do not hesitate to call our office at (435) 753-9999 with any additional questions or concerns. We truly appreciate you and your patience with us during this time.

Sincerely,

The providers and staff at Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge

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