The pregnancy and postpartum ("perinatal") time comes with hormonal changes that increase a woman's susceptibility to negative emotions. This, coupled with the demands of the new role, explains why research has found that pregnant and postpartum women are at high risk of experiencing psychological distress. While approximately 75% of women experience mood changes during the perinatal period, a shocking 15 to 20% of women experience clinically significant symptoms of anxiety or depression– and most do not receive adequate treatment. It's time we talk about this issue.
Aimee Metzger, Sharon Gaffney, Rachelle Coffey, Brittney Schultz