Archive of ‘Pregnancy’ category

Understand the Gravity of Early Pregnancy Loss

Early Pregnancy Loss Can Trigger Deep Depression With October being Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month, it is important to understand how early pregnancy loss (EPL) can cause depression and anxiety for women and their partners.  In severe cases, the trauma can have a long-lasting effect. A recently published academic paper studied the psychological impact of early […] Read more…

It would seem that professional treatment makes all the Difference: Postpartum Depression and its Long Term Impact on Children

A recent (March 2018) ongoing population-based study by the British organization ALSPAC  (British Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children; Netsi, et al) has reported findings relating to the lingering effects of postpartum depression on children.  While a father’s depression can have negative effects, the most pronounced problems for children are correlated with the severity […] Read more…

A Kind Reminder that Some Mom’s will be Struggling this Mother’s Day

Here we are a week or so into May 2018 and all the necessary “Mental Health Month” hashtags have been trending – as they should be. Awareness is a good thing, conversation and discussion are two of the best ways to make true progress in a focused area. But, May isn’t just about mental health […] Read more…

Pregnancy and Antidepressant Medication

As wonderful as pregnancy is, all expectant mothers are concerned about how their own health and wellness will impact the health of their baby.  For mothers who are managing a care and medication plan associated with mental illness, one question frequently arises: will my antidepressant medication affect the health of my newborn? There is a […] Read more…

Lamotrigine and Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy

Continuing to Treat Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy is Vital to Avoid Postpartum Relapse Restoring life to “normal” after having a baby is always challenging, but more so if you are at greater risk for postpartum illness.  For women who have taken lamotrigine for bipolar disorder before becoming pregnant, it is natural that they are concerned […] Read more…

Brace Yourself: Pregnancy Can Make Marriage Harder

Be Proactive and Prepare for the Ways in which Pregnancy May Impact Your Marriage After the initial euphoria of becoming pregnant wears off, a backlash of emotion on the part of both partners can stress even the most solid marriages.  While it is perfectly normal to expect that some marital patterns will change after pregnancy, […] Read more…

A Closer Look at Autism in Children and Mothers Taking SSRIs

Is There a Link Between Autism in Children and Mothers Taking SSRIs? The incidence of autism among children approximately doubled between 2000 and 2012 according to data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) As the number of children diagnosed with the disorder continues to grow, pregnant mothers are becoming more concerned that their behaviors and […] Read more…

New Dad’s Survival Guide

What Should You Expect as a New Dad? Society and Reality May Have Different Ideas On a recent episode of the HGTV program House Hunters filmed in Des Moines, a beaming expectant mother smiled at the camera and, responding to a point of disagreement with her husband, exclaimed, “I’m pregnant and I get what I […] Read more…

Manhattan Psychiatrist: Dr. Amanda Itzkoff on Prenatal Depression

Prenatal depression, also known as antenatal depression, can affect women from the time they become pregnant and throughout their pregnancy.  It is also possible that left untreated, prenatal depression can have a detrimental impact on a developing baby’s birth weight and other vital health factors.  As a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine […] Read more…

The Emotional Impact Of Miscarriage

Experiencing a pregnancy loss is extremely difficult. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult experiences a parent will ever endure. I will deal with the physical ramifications of miscarriage in a future post. In this article, however, I want to specifically discuss a range of topics regarding the emotional impact of pregnancy loss. ——- […] Read more…

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