This book helps you throughout your pregnancy and postpartum/postnatal recovery. By helping you understand what you are feeling, and teaching you empirically validated new skills so you can manage your changing moods, you can work toward feeling better.
Becoming a new parent is one of the biggest changes one can face in life. You are experiencing enormous changes biologically, hormonally, and emotionally. Your whole life may seem uprooted. It makes sense that you might be feeling significant mood changes as well. With one out of five mothers and one out of ten partners experiencing depression and anxiety when having a baby, this workbook will remind you that you are not alone.
This workbook is written with sleep-deprived new parents in mind, providing helpful information in short, digestible segments. These are intermixed with thought-provoking activities such as brief journaling prompts and suggestions for tangible steps to make small, realistic changes. You can pick it up and put it down, reading it on your timing, without the information becoming overwhelming. The workbook covers the entire range of mood symptoms, from the Baby Blues, to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and more.
The Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Workbook uses inclusive language and content applicable to all new parents. There are chapters uniquely dedicated to building attachment, managing awful thoughts, bringing awareness to your partner's mental health, parenting babies in the NICU or with medical issues, and exploring culture, identity, and mental health. There is also a resource section with a wide array of support available to meet the needs of any parent. Adoptive and single parents, LGBTQ+ and heterosexual parents, as well as clinicians and birth workers will find this book to be an invaluable resource.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part Part I|33 pages
Helpful Information – Empowering You with Education
chapter Chapter 2|8 pages
What's Going on with Me?
part Part II|70 pages
Building Tangible Skills to Help You Weather the Storm
chapter Chapter 6|8 pages
Attachment and Bonding
chapter Chapter 7|13 pages
Mom Guilt and other Mind Battles
part Part III|39 pages
Additional Factors – Aspects of Your Life That Can Impact Your Mood
chapter Chapter 13|10 pages
Crying, Low Sex Drive, Irritability and More
chapter Chapter 14|12 pages
A Tough Situation Just Got Tougher
part Part IV|19 pages