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Pregnancy, Perinatal Mood Disorders,
and New Parents

While having a baby can be such a joyful experience in many ways, it is not without difficulty for many young parents. According to Postpartum Support International*, many parents experience mood changes during or after birth, and 15-20% of parents may experience more significant mood changes, such as heightened depression and/or anxiety. These types of symptoms may arise anywhere from 2-3 weeks post birthing experience all the way up to 12 months after birth. These symptoms are much more than the “baby blues” that people talk about, and they can be very scary. Perinatal mood disorders can be found in parents of all cultures, ages, income levels, races and they do not just happen to the parent who has birthed but can also affect members within the family.


Symptoms of anxiety, depression, or mood disorders may present before birth as well. Some reasons may be: infertility, miscarriage, or pregnancy loss. All of these situations can put an individual at higher risk for developing a perinatal mood disorder. According to the CDC*, 1 in 8 individuals will experience depressive symptoms after birth.

Our trained therapists can provide support and care through multiple therapeutic techniques such as; CBT, DBT, EMDR, IFS and more. Individuals no longer have to suffer in silence around the transition to parenthood. Our goal is to help individuals through this life transition and ensure a safe place for exploration around these thoughts and feelings that may arise. In this new journey into parenthood, our Texas-based counselors are here to help. You don’t have to do this alone!


  • Feelings of being sad or depressed

  • Feeling more irritable and angrier with those around you

  • Having difficulty bonding with baby

  • Feeling anxious or panicky

  • Struggling with eating and/or sleeping

  • Having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind

  • Feeling “out of control” or “going crazy.”

  • Feeling like you shouldn’t have become a mother?

  • Worried that you might hurt the baby or yourself?

Our Austin, Texas therapists are here to support you and your growing family. Reach out for counseling with one of our great clinicians today!

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