In the days and first few months following your child's birth, how are you feeling? You might be like 13% of new American mothers. You are overwhelmed by mood swings that lead to excessive crying, you don’t have a desire to hold or cuddle your baby, and you’ve lost all joy and pleasure in the activities you used to love. If you are experiencing these and other symptoms, you may be depressed. Read more to find out how to manage this difficult season in your life as a new mom.
The days in Evanston could fly by in a blur if you are suffering from a miscarriage. In our North Chicago-Evanston therapy practice, we walk alongside women who have seen their hopes of motherhood dashed. We grieve with you and hold space for you. When you are ready, we will be here to help you heal.
Perhaps the emotional and financial strain of the pandemic has got you seriously considering the question of whether you will add another child to your family. Is now the best time? Is this the best decision for my partner, me, and our firstborn? In our Evanston therapy practice, we hear many women grappling with the answers to these questions. We are here to listen to you, to ease any anxiety and to offer you hope.
You know you were made for motherhood, but it seems that your body doesn’t agree. You and your partner have done all of the things trying to conceive…having sex more often, especially near ovulation, maintaining a healthy weight, cutting out caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes. Our Evanston therapists grieve with you and hold space for the hole in your heart. We want to help you cope with the anxiety on your infertility journey.
Life has just hired you to do the hardest, most stressful job that you have ever had. You feel constantly overwhelmed and underprepared. Never has a job required so much of all of who you are; never have you felt the least in a position to give it.
You’ve heard of postpartum depression. But have you heard of postpartum anxiety? Many women experience it. They feel lonely as they deal with their racing and self-labeled irrational thoughts. “No one else must be feeling this,” they say to themselves, “it’s not talked about.”
Are you in the Evanston or greater Chicagoland area? As postpartum therapists, we are well-acquainted with what you are feeling. We have journeyed with other moms like you through this season and aided them in living with greater peace.
Isn’t it odd how we can feel so lonely like we are the only one experiencing something? Our “mom anxiety” kicks in, and we have imagined the most horrible circumstances that no one else has ever lived. Add in the fatigue and sleep deprivation of caring for a newborn, and the perfect storm swirls around us, threatening to sink our ship.
You might be like many other pregnant women. Somewhere in the course of your pregnancy, you no longer feel like getting out of bed. Nothing seems to console you and you can’t stop crying. You spend your days going from your bed to your couch. The television blares constantly and barely dampens the sadness you feel. You have had a few suicidal thoughts, but you feel like you would never act on them. You’ve been thinking maybe you should see someone who does counseling for moms.
After the birth of your child, making the decision to return to the 9-5 or to join the ranks of stay-at-home moms can be gut-wrenching. Weighing this decision could also bring a lot of anxiety. So many factors come into play.